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Peter Capaldi will be the Doctor!

August 4th, 2013 (10:58 pm)

I've shared this picture, which should be visible on the other side of this link elsewhere. It shows an article from DWIFC Magazine issue 2, published by the Doctor Who International Fan Club, back in May 1976, in which one Peter Capaldi praised the creativity and integrity of Bernard Lodge, title sequence designer for the first seventeen years of Doctor Who. Now we have a chance to see how Peter Capaldi brings his creativity and integrity to the title role. I'm sure he has them in spades.

I should be concentrating on something else right at this very minute, but fannishly have let myself be caught up in the reaction wave. I hoped that the rumours surrounding Capaldi were true, but I also feared that the powers-that-be at the BBC would want another, younger actor who could use the role as part of a stepping-stone to greater international success. Instead, we have a mature actor - by the time his first full episode goes out he will be the oldest actor to play the role at debut - with a distinguished and individual career, who anciently just happened to be an active fan in the early years of Doctor Who fandom. I rather like that!

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Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: August 4th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
cyberleader

Me too.

We're watching The Thick of It to celebrate!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 4th, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
RadioTimesRichardDimbleby

Good idea!

Posted by: Delia (chainmailmaiden)
Posted at: August 5th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
Mail

Watched some of it earlier tonight to celebrate too. F*cking brilliant news! :-D

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 5th, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)

When I saw that hand, I thought - it wasn't just someone with money playing the betting shops for fun, they might actually have gone and cast Capaldi. I think lots of people were in denial about the likelihood - including me - that we didn't want to believe that he was in line for the part.

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: August 7th, 2013 08:55 am (UTC)
dalek

I made this post a while ago about Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker:

http://philmophlegm.livejournal.com/125219.html

Thinking on, negative opinions of "knitted scarves" might not sit too well with his new role!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 7th, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC)

There's a fan photoshop effort depicting Capaldi's Doctor as a wearer of a knitted scarf and indeed a knitted cardigan in circulation!

Posted by: sensiblecat (sensiblecat)
Posted at: August 4th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)

I'm surprised and very pleased. He'll bring a dignity to the role that the show is beginning to lack. Felt sorry for any actor having to go through that ridiculous game-show on the BBC.

Hopefully we can get away from the era of "sexy" and UST for a while now.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 4th, 2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
Marmite

I've referred to this as the 'retooling' of the part and the series. I'm sure Jenna is up to the effect the change the regeneration will have on Clara, though her dissolution and reconstitution in The Name of the Doctor will probably have had a greater impact!

Posted by: thanatos_kalos (thanatos_kalos)
Posted at: August 4th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)

I'm utterly delighted to have a Scotsman-- hopefully to be performed as such-- and am going to have to add a tonne of stuff to the chapter I'm redrafting. :P

(I've rewatched Fires of Pompeii to celebrate & splurged on the Neverwhere DVDs. Both of Moffat's shows are now led by an Angel Islington).

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 4th, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC)
DavidIcon

The taxonomy of Doctor Who, 2014, would have fascinated Linnaeus. The new chapter will be fascinating - can you keep it within length?

Posted by: thanatos_kalos (thanatos_kalos)
Posted at: August 4th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)

Yeah-- it's being fully restructured and the diss has dropped everything apart from televised eps so I should be okay. I also had a substantial section on Frobisher anyway that this'll just shore up. I think fan reaction will be the big change and I haven't started on that yet.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 4th, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)

Those who thought that his appearances as Caecilius and Frobisher would be a problem seem barely visible.

Posted by: thanatos_kalos (thanatos_kalos)
Posted at: August 4th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)

Not amongst some of the TW fans I know, interestingly. But that's one of the things I need to address-- interviews done after the announcement will have that taken into account when the respondents are talking about CoE. There also may be a psper in reactions to 12, mainly wrt TW-- Caecilius isn't a particularly contentious character, barely more than a nice comic character for 10 to save. Frobisher had a much larger role and was a bit more of a sympathetic villain. So...I'm thinking ahead a bit of the various different ways to spin the reactions into data for my PhD and/or future work.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 4th, 2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
Torchwood

There are definitely lines to explore with Frobisher.

Posted by: thanatos_kalos (thanatos_kalos)
Posted at: August 4th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)

Welcome to my world... *head hurts*

Posted by: nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk)
Posted at: August 5th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)

I was delighted at the news - haven't seen much stuff yet as I was away for the weekend and found out via a quick internet check during dinner last night, following explanation to 60-something Americans as to why we were so excited.

I wasn't really surprised that they cast an actor well into middle age, though. Youthful age in contrast with Smith's aged youth should be very interesting, and a fit and healthy 55 year old shouldn't have more difficulty with the pace/demands of filming than someone younger.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 5th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
DoctorQuillDWW

I hoped that someone significantly older than Smith would be cast, and he has been. Caution said that the casting profession's view of the role would prevail, and that it would go to another 20-30something. Instead, orthodoxy was shown not to be orthodox after all...

Posted by: Delia (chainmailmaiden)
Posted at: August 5th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
Mail

I didn't even want to get my hopes up it could be possible, I was bracing myself for them to go younger and/or female.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 5th, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
Eccleston

I'd sometimes wondered whether he was in the running back in 2003/04, but as time marched on feared we might never get to see the Capaldi Doctor. Happily, we will.

Posted by: ibishtar (ibishtar)
Posted at: August 6th, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
Doctor Who companion

, who anciently just happened to be an active fan in the early years of Doctor Who fandom

Did you mean to write anciently there or was that a Freudian slip? ;)
I don't know if you know that your journal has been linked to by the SFX website, crediting you for the article find:
http://www.sfx.co.uk/2013/08/05/peter-capaldi-doctor-who-fanzine-writer/

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 6th, 2013 12:47 am (UTC)
Hartnell words

Definitely deliberate! I was using ancient in the sense of 'a long time ago' rather than in any personal sense; I'm roughly equidistant in age from Capaldi and Matt Smith, if you were wondering.

I did see the SFX link; interesting that Ian Berriman (another old fan, sometime editor of Cybermag, though not of Capaldi's vintage) saw it here and not in the other parts of the Doctor Who internet where the picture has appeared. (Dreamwidth and then LJ were the first places the picture of the fanzine article appeared outwith any friends-lock.)

Posted by: ibishtar (ibishtar)
Posted at: August 6th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
Doctor Who companion

My comment was marked as spam, so I'm trying again:

who anciently just happened to be an active fan in the early years of Doctor Who fandom. I rather like that!

Did you mean to write anciently there, or was that a Freudian slip? ;)

I don't know if you know that the SFX website has linked to your journal, crediting you for the article find. I'd link to it, but I think that's what got me in trouble with your spam-blocker last time.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 6th, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)

It wasn't marked as spam at my end - I saw it without any problems...

Posted by: ibishtar (ibishtar)
Posted at: August 6th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)

Oh, when I posted I got a message saying that my message had been marked as spam according to the user's settings, so I didn't know if you'd see it.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 6th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
RegenGirl

Fascinating! I usually receive warnings myself when comments have been marked as spam, but I just received a normal notification.