The BBC played out the announcement of the new Doctor — the 12th iteration and 13th generation of the beloved SF character. Anglophiles and Whovians are at this moment being treated to a “stand by” on the US feed! WTF?
* And Now Zoe Ball is out to present…
— and it’s early favorite Peter Capaldi, an older more urbane Doctor type. Change is the constant. Capaldi was playing Cardinal Richelieu and had his phone on silent when he heard he got the role…and just made reference to going “full anorak.” Oh yes, this is a different Doctor. Scottish-born Capaldi is 55, an Oscar and BAFTA award-winning filmmaker and actor—he won the Oscar for Best Short Film in 1995 for his short, Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life.
As a Whovian observer and non-expert, I’m wondering how all the legions of cosplaying fans will react to a Doctor with “gravitas.”