Doctor Who: Why The Casting Of The 12th Doctor Shouldn’t Be A Deal-Breaker

25 May

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In a matter of hours, the identity of the Twelfth Doctor will be revealed. In a live programme broadcast on BBC1 at 7PM, the actor newly cast in British television’s most iconic role (who BBC employees currently refer to as ‘Houdini’) will make his/her first public appearance as the face of Doctor Who and undoubtedly cause internet forums and fansites to crash. Debate around the identity of the new Time Lord is fierce with The Thick Of It star Peter Capaldi currently being the bookies’ favourite to take control of the Tardis.

But even though Capaldi’s casting is currently nothing but a rumour, some fans have come out of the woodwork on social networking sites and forums saying that they will stop watching the programme if he is the new Doctor. Partly because of the belief that he doesn’t suit the role (even though we have yet to see the Twelfth Doctor in action) but mainly because he previously appeared in Doctor Who as Caecilius in The Fires Of Pompeii (2008) and as John Frobisher in Torchwood: Children Of Earth (2009).

But if Capaldi is indeed the Twelfth Doctor, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Freema Agyeman, Karen Gillan, and Colin Baker all had one-off roles in Doctor Who before becoming part of the main cast. Colin Baker became the Sixth Doctor even though his previous character had directly interacted with Peter Davison’s Doctor in Arc Of Infinity (1983). A minor role in Doctor Who shouldn’t preclude an actor from playing a different character further down the line if they suit the part. Michael Wisher (the first actor to play Davros) played a total of eight different characters in Doctor Who during the 1970s and it didn’t stop him from playing any of them well. Especially Davros. The same could be true of Capaldi if he is the new Doctor.

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But I’m getting off track here. My main point is that whoever the Twelfth Doctor is, we can’t possibly know how well they’ll do until we see the Regeneration scene at Christmas. And even if there are a few issues with the Twelfth Doctor’s portrayal at first (After all, no actor fits into a role perfectly right from the off), the actor will be working with a crew of incredibly talented individuals that will help steer him/her towards settling into the role. So because we won’t know who the Twelfth Doctor is until this evening and won’t see that actor playing the character for another four and half months, planning to abandon the programme if a certain actor who you consider to not be a suitable Doctor is cast is a short-sighted move and betrays a lack of true interest in the programme. And although the programme is mainly about the Doctor, it’s a large scale series that extends beyond just him, with several stories barely featuring him and some story arcs focussing on his companions or other elements such as Series 3 s Mr Saxon arc being about the Master. So even if you don’t like the new Doctor, there are still other elements that you’d miss out on by deciding to stop watching.

People like those who are considering jumping ship if Capaldi is cast are in no way representative of the fandom as a whole but some Whovians have a tendency to react strongly and negatively to change. Let’s not forget that when Matt Smith was revealed as the Eleventh Doctor in 2009, there was a minor but noticeable backlash against him with criticisms of his looks, age, and acting abilities. And it looks like the same will happen with whoever is cast as the Twelfth Doctor.

What we need to remember is that whoever the new Doctor is, the programme will continue for years to come. They are one of many actors who have played and will play the character. And if this new Doctor (whoever he or she may be) does turn out to be a poor choice, another one will come along in a few years’ time. This new Doctor heralds the next step in the evolution of Doctor Who and, as fans, the least we can do is hold our judgement and keep watching long enough to give them a chance.

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