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Annnnd the next  Doctor is………………..(insert drum roll)……………… Peter Capaldi.

Peter Capaldi may have been destined to play the Doctor, in World War Z he plays a W.H.O. Doctor.  Coincidence or destiny, who knows.   Interesting, very much so.

From Wikipedia:

Peter Dougan Capaldi (born 14 April 1958) is a Scottish actor and film director. He has played numerous roles in film and television, but is best known for his role as Malcolm Tucker, a spin doctor in the BBC comedy series The Thick of It and its follow-up film In the Loop. In 1995, his short film Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life won the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film. From 25 December 2013, he will portray the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who.

So now that all those rumors have been put to rest, not a woman, not a ginger, not black, not an American, and not young.  The 12th Doctor, will be tied for the oldest actor to play the Doctor with William Hartnell, the 1st Doctor, at 55.  So we have gone from the youngest Doctor to the oldest Doctor.

  1. William Hartnell                                January 8, 1908                                 55
  2. Patrick Troughton                            March 25, 1920                                  46
  3. Jon Pertwee                                      July 7, 1919                                         50
  4. Tom Baker                                          January 20, 1934                               40
  5. Peter Davison                                    April 13, 1951                                     29
  6. Colin Baker                                         June 8, 1943                                       40
  7. Sylvester McCoy                              August 20, 1943                                44
  8. Paul McGann                                     November 14, 1959                         36
  9. Chris Eccleston                                  February 16, 1964                            41
  10. David Tennant                                   April 18, 1971                                     34
  11. Matt Smith                                         October 28, 1982                              27
  12. Peter Capaldi                                     April 14, 1958                                     55

Now that we know who the new Doctor will be, we are left with a multitude of new questions.  Who will this Doctor be?  Can a new Doctor breathe new life into a series in a slump?   When he regenerates in December what kind of Doctor will he be, serious, angry, grumpy, funny, all of these or none of these?  We know he will be kind, compassionate, moral and brave as those are traits that all of the Doctors share.    How will he shape the Doctor and make it his own and what trait will he adopt as his unique signature?  Who will his companion or companions be?  Is there going to be a new production team?  Are we going to continue down the same path?

One thing is certain over the last 50 years we have seen Doctor Who remake itself numerous times.  It can be anything in any time it wants to be.  It can replace the characters at will.  Even the main stay, the TARDIS, has been missing.   Doctor Who is different it does not have to follow the traditional rules of television series, because it can take place anywhere at any time it can be changed at will.  While it must be true to continuity when dealing with past and present characters . Nothing is out of the realm of possibilities.  They can complete a  story arc in one show or stretch it over several.   They can travel to a distant land or a distant planet in the blink of an eye.   The Doctor is for all practical purposes immortal.  Time is irrelevant, after all he is a Time Lord, he appears where he is needed to fix an insurmountable crisis, with the wit and panache only the Doctor can muster.

What it cannot do, is continue with convoluted badly executed storylines.  Doctor Who is currently suffering from what plagues all long running series.   They fall apart.  They fall apart for any number of reasons.   Most cannot be fixed, they have no place to go.  With Doctor Who if something isn’t working, they can write in a new enemy, a new world or a new timeline.  They  can kill off the main character and regenerate him.   They are not stuck following a linear path.  At its core Doctor Who is a science fiction super hero show.  But to make a successful hero series, there has to be a balance between how important the hero is and how important the cause is.  The cause has to be something that has the audience thinking “there is no way he is going to be able to fix this,” and when he does they have to believe that his solutions are realistic enough they don’t over think it.  While the hero in all of this is important, the series cannot revolve completely around the hero.   Doctor Who has become the show where everything revolves around the Doctor.  Things happen because of the Doctor, characters exist to serve the Doctor.  The more the show goes down this road the more things happen because of the Doctor, the more the Doctor changes from hero to villain.  The question becomes is it the Doctors fault the problem exists?  We expect the Doctor to make a difference, to fix the universe and make the guilty pay.   To appear and surmount the insurmountable.   Has the Doctor hit the point of no return?   Has the Doctor become an egotistical manic?    Not yet.   The Doctor is being regenerated maybe they can pull him back from the precipice he is standing on.  As Uncle Ben, by way of Voltaire, stated “with great power comes great responsibility,”  seems the Doctor has forgotten that.

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The 12th Doctor

Doctor Who will mark its 50th anniversary on November 23, 2013 with a special episode, starring Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt as the Doctor.    With the 50th anniversary date quickly approaching, the BBC is not letting it go to waste.  The big news is who will be the 12th doctor.  They are doing their best to capitalize on all they can as the regeneration of the doctor approaches.

At Comic Con this year Doctor Who was very well represented.  During the panel they let slip tidbits to about the upcoming 50th anniversary episode, the biggest most interesting was that the Daleks will returning.  The one thing they would not say was anything about the 12th doctor.  What was said was they haven’t picked the 12th doctor but then he said he has lied his arse off.

The rumors abound about who the 12th doctor.  Will it be a black man, a woman, an older actor, an American or like Matt Smith and David Tenant a younger actor.   The list of actors being thrown about is long and varied.

Here are the current list and the odds:

Daniel Rigby                                                                                    19/4
Rory Kinnear                                                                                    94/11
Idris Elba                                                                                           69/5
David Harewood                                                                             18
Ben Daniels                                                                                      23
Andrew Scott                                                                                    31
Damien Molony                                                                               31
Aneurin Barnard                                                                              51
John Hurt                                                                                           51
Ben Whishaw                                                                                    94
Benedict Cumberbatch                                                                  142
Chiwetel Ejiofor                                                                                142
Chris Addison                                                                                   142
Colin Salmon                                                                                    142
Daniel Radcliffe                                                                                142
David Tennant                                                                                  142
Hugh Laurie                                                                                      142
James Corden                                                                                   142
Julian Bleach                                                                                     142
Julian Rhind-Tutt                                                                               142
Martin Freeman                                                                                142
Miranda Hart                                                                                     142
Rupert Grint                                                                                      142
Russell Tovey                                                                                     142
Stephen Mangan                                                                              142
Tom Ellis                                                                                             142
Andrew Gower                                                                                   189
Anthony Head                                                                                   189
Bill Bailey                                                                                           189
Colin Morgan                                                                                    189
Damian Lewis                                                                                    189
Dan Stevens                                                                                       189
Daniel Mays                                                                                       189
David Walliams                                                                                  189
Domhnall Gleeson                                                                            189
Paterson Joseph                                                                                 189
Richard Armitage                                                                               189
Tim Wright                                                                                          189
Tom Hiddleston                                                                                  189
Zawe Ashton                                                                                       189
Billie Piper                                                                                           237
Alex Jennings                                                                                      284
Helen Mirren                                                                                      284
Jennifer Saunders                                                                              284

As you can see not both the list and the odds are very diverse.   Someone off this list maybe the 12th doctor or no one on the list will make the cut.  Only time will tell.

Sunday August 4th Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, on BBC One at 7pm, in a lavish extravaganza attended by 400 former Doctor Who stars and celebrity fans we will all find out.  While the guest list hasn’t been finalized we do know that the Daleks will be in attendance battalion strong.  Matt Smith and David Tennant will both be there as well as Tom Baker the 4th doctor.   Codenamed “Houdini” the half-hour show  will feature an interview with the new lead, as well as 11th Doctor Matt Smith and executive producer Steven Moffat.

In case you need to refresh your memory:

The 11 Doctors

1. William Hartnell (1963-1966)
2. Patrick Troughton (1966-1969)
3. Jon Pertwee (1970-1974)
4. Tom Baker (1974-1981)
5. Peter Davison (1982-1984)
6. Colin Baker (1984-1986)
7. Sylvester McCoy (1987-1996)
8. Paul McGann (1996)
9. Christopher Eccleston (2005)
10. David Tennant (2005-2010)
11. Matt Smith (2010 – 2013)

“For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve.”