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The next Doctor Who has been named. He's Peter Capaldi, a 55-year-old Brit who has good form for the role, having already been on Dr Who and its spinoff Torchwood. The new Who – played John Frobiser in Torchwood's 2009 arc "Children of the Earth" – and popped up as Roman Lucius Caecilius in the 2008 episode "The Fires of …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    couldn't they have used the real Alistair Campbell, just so we know where he isn't?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Jury's out on this one.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Been a fan since he was a kid

    And when I say "fan", I mean hardcore fan. One of the higher profile figures in the very earliest days of organised fandom in the 1970's. Apparently tried to get control of the fledgling Official Doctor Who club and was considered a bit of a pest by the Who production team. From http://www.odwfc.com/#/reviews/4563033009 :

    "Because of the nature of their correspondence, we never see Keith’s letters, but it’s fun reading Sarah’s replies and filling in the gaps in the unfolding story. As time passes, the two build up quite a touching relationship; Sarah gently offers counsel when Keith’s father passes away and shares her frustrations at the rise of the Super Fan as Peter Capaldi – that Peter Capaldi – and pals proceed to make themselves pests to the Doctor Who production team, and commence on a grubby quest for Whovian power. There’s even a terrific bit where Keith frets that Sarah’s serious when she suggests he pops over to Glasgow to duff up the proto Malcolm Tucker."

    1. asdf Silver badge
      Trollface

      Re: Been a fan since he was a kid

      Sorry to thread jack near the top but this is an outrage. Every yank knows Dr. Who has always been, and will always be Tom Baker regardless of what face they call Dr. Who these days.

    2. mego

      Re: Been a fan since he was a kid

      Craziest thing to ever say as a "positive" reason to pick them as a role. Hey, know what, I'm a major fan of open heart surgery, can I perform it on you one day?

  3. Timfy67

    Anybody notice the clue with his previous roles on on imdb?

    "World War Z

    W.H.O. Doctor"

  4. hitmouse

    Local Hero to Universal Hero

    1. hammarbtyp Silver badge

      Doctor know to Doctor Who (I'll leave it to you to find the thick of it you tube reference)

  5. julianh72

    I haven't watched Doctor Who since I was a kid ...

    But I'll be a massive convert if the script-writers give him Malcolm Tucker's vocabulary!

    1. Magister
      Alien

      Re: I haven't watched Doctor Who since I was a kid ...

      My favourite line from yesterday: "From spin-doctor to The Doctor!" (Perhaps he could swear in Gallifreean?)

      He's actually a damn good actor; I suspect that he will do a really good job. Possibly, he might make it a touch darker; somewhere along the road to Torchwood without being quite so adult. Could be well worth watching.

    2. LinkOfHyrule
      Paris Hilton

      Re: Malcolm Tucker's vocabulary!

      If only! If they did I would actually watch the show. A time travelling Tucker with a sweary sonic screwdriver would be fuckity brilliant!

    3. Don Dumb
      Thumb Up

      Re: I haven't watched Doctor Who since I was a kid ...

      I hate Doctor Who but a Malcolm Tucker Doctor Who would be enough to make me watch, although saying that I can think of few programs that wouldn't be made better with the addition of Malcolm Tucker

      1. LinkOfHyrule
        Joke

        Re: I haven't watched Doctor Who since I was a kid ...

        Loose Women - with Malcolm Tucker

  6. K. Adams

    About time (no pun intended)...

    I've been thinking that Doctor Who's been going a bit too "Benjamin Button" over the past few series.

    Don't get me wrong, I very much liked Chris Eccleston's, David Tenant's, and Matt Smith's Doctors, but the backward trend in apparent age as of late has been leaving me a bit wanting.

    As a long devotee -- 25+ years -- of the "classic", pre-2005 series (from Hartnell to McCoy, plus McGann), I liked it when you were never quite sure of what (or rather, Who) you were going to get from one incarnation to another.

    It'll be refreshing to see a new Doctor that brings forth the aire of careworn dignity and aged experience which comes from having lived almost too long and seen way too much...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: About time (no pun intended)...

      it's been getting a little Sylvester McCoy of late (not a good thing) I'd like to see the format return to as it used to be ie 4+ part 25+ mins

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Don't blame Sylvester

        He was actually a very good Doctor, just let down by appalling scripts from the BBC because they wanted to kill Doctor Who off. Read the New Adventures books and his Doctor is very good. Very dark at times and quite happy to manipulate his friends and companions to do what needs to be done. Ace's character is developed very well, she hates that the Doctor uses her so leaves him and becomes a mercenary. Comes back later in the series as a battle-hardened cynical companion, well worth reading :)

      2. sawatts

        Re: About time (no pun intended)...

        After you account for the opening and closing credits, and the repeat of the last episodes cliff-hanger, those 25min were down to about 20min of actual new story.

        I much prefer the 45min block (hour slot on commercial TV) to develop stories without having to fit into the cliffhanger-every-20mins structure.

        Though in them olden days the Beeb did show reruns of serials as single shows (editing all episodes of a serial together). I remember watching the "Brain of Morbius" in this form from the next room (the sofa was too close!).

        I would defend Sylvester McCoy's Doctor though - that period was beset with awful scripts. As I understand it, he was trying to be a darker and more mysterious figure, something that would work better in the current format. Though I admit that after missing one episode during the 70s, those late 80s episodes were less appealing than the pub...

  7. Winkypop Silver badge
    Windows

    Yea! But you know...

    I preferred it back when the world was B&W and the new Doctor was revealed in-show after a shock ending the previous ep.

    All this PR* destroys the mystery, and it makes it seem like Dr Who isn't even real.

    * Yes I know times have changed.

    1. Sir Gaz of Laz

      Re: Yea! But you know...

      I agree, I prefer the anticipation of the whole regeneration episode and reveal. I'm guessing the BBC has done this as its the 50th anniversary year and more importantly to counter any tabloid spoilers ahead of time. Capaldi is too high profile an actor for that secret to have been kept.

      Great choice though, looking forward to seeing how he does!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Yea! But you know...

      * Yes I know times have changed.

      At least we didn't have a 8 part series called "Whos' Who?" in which a group of budding actors vie for the role of Doctor with each week one of the candidates facing "extermination"

      1. djack

        Whos' Who?

        The thought of that almost made me throw up a little bit of sick.

        I don't know whether to give you a down or up vote for that.

        If the BBC are reading this forum and decide to do that next time, I will hunt you down.

      2. VinceH Silver badge

        Re: Yea! But you know...

        "At least we didn't have..."

        Please delete your post, to avoid any risk of anyone at the BBC reading it and getting ideas.

      3. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
        Mushroom

        8 part series called "Whos' Who?"

        Aaaaaaaarrrrrrrggggggg!!!!1111!!1!!!one!

        My head ------------->

      4. Ugotta B. Kiddingme

        you mean...

        ... Survivor: Gallifrey

        Gallifrey's Got Talent

        The W Factor

        I could go on but, as has been mentioned, I really REALLY shouldn't. It's really a shame that this couldn't have been kept under wraps until Christmas but the new reality is that there is no possible way this secret could have been kept.

        I look forward to a more mature Doctor. I've really enjoyed the "new breed" but still love "the classics."

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: you mean...

          Surely you're referring to...

          *drumroll*

          The [Dale]ks Factor

      5. Dave Bell

        Re: Yea! But you know...

        It should be presented by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.

  8. cheveron

    the Doctor can take on any form imaginable...

    ...so they've cast a white bloke again. Capaldi's a fantastic actor but they could have been braver in their choice. It's the 14th time (if you count Hurt and Cushing).

    1. Anonymous IV

      Re: the Doctor can take on any form imaginable...

      ...so they've cast a white bloke again. [...] It's the 14th time.

      That's probability for you - you just can't pin it down.

    2. volsano
      Unhappy

      Re: the Doctor can take on any form imaginable...

      Yes, they've cast their Baker's dozenth plus 1 or 2 (depending on who you count) white man to the part.

      But there is hope yet. We have not seen his costume or make up. He may play the Doctor dressed as a Masai warrior with a ginger wig and in tasteful blackface.

      That may not please the feminists I know, but it'd be a nod toward multi- culturalism. They have, after all, previously cast a Scot playing the part with a Lundunish accent.

      1. P. Lee Silver badge

        Re: the Doctor can take on any form imaginable...

        We had a black, female (semi-)timelord in Mel for a while.

        If that matters to anyone.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: the Doctor can take on any form imaginable...

          We also had a female (full) timelord for at least a couple of "seasons" with Romana! Twice! Or at least 2 actresses.

          1. Oliver Mayes

            Re: the Doctor can take on any form imaginable...

            In "The Doctors Wife" The Doctor mentioned his old pal 'The Corsair' and stated that he was occasionally a woman. So apparently gender-switching during regeneration is canon.

            "Oh she was a bad girl!"

    3. JDX Gold badge

      Re: the Doctor can take on any form imaginable...

      Um, how do you know Galifreyans can be black? Having black skin is part of the human genetic diversity. The idea that would evolve on every world with humanoids is simply ludicrous. We haven't had an oriental doctor either, so what?

      The doctor is Galifreyan not human. He doesn't change race.

      Time to dismount the PC hobby horse. With James Bond you have at least a small argument, here it's just daft.

      1. Super Meerkat
        FAIL

        Re: the Doctor can take on any form imaginable...

        There have been black Time Lords shown in Nu-Who, so you're wrong. Also, t has been stated many times that Time Lords can chose their new appearance / gender, but the Doctor isn't very good at it.

        Mine's the duffel coat by the door.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Good-Bye DW?

    I have been watching since it was aired in the US in the early 70's. It was only a matter of time before DW was history. The new producers have seen to that. It has lost all the wonder and brilliance (RTD) that was DW and has been turned into a third rate "americanized" tragedy. The new Dr is creepy at best. I have always thought that Capaldi played weak characters anyway. I couldn't stand Matt Smith. Guess I got stuck on David Tennant as a younger Tom Baker (the best Drs).

    And that pathetic reveal show. Obviously they know they're in trouble. Pity Moffat and Minchi aren't smart enough to know that over hyping never ends well. Grabbing at straws is not pretty.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Good-Bye DW?

      Still bitter about Tennant leaving?

    2. thegrouch

      Re: Good-Bye DW?

      Get over it fangurl

    3. djack

      Re: Good-Bye DW?

      I am having great difficulty reconciling 'weak' and 'Malcolm Tucker'. He was scarier then many Who villains.

    4. VinceH Silver badge

      Re: Good-Bye DW?

      "And that pathetic reveal show. Obviously they know they're in trouble."

      I think it's more a case of obviously they know the news is going to get out, so why not make the most of it themselves?

      I watched it live via iPlayer because I felt that although I'd rather be surprised when the regeneration actually happened, at least if I hear the news directly from the BBC in some kind of vaguely relevant context it's far better than stumbling across it somewhere on the intertubes, for example in the headlines of an RSS feed, such as one I saw this morning, which read "Peter Capaldi named as 12th Doctor Who".

  10. Chris D Rogers

    Matt Smith was too young

    As an old git with fond memories of Jon Pertwee playing the third Doctor, I'm pleased they have an old timer in the part, rather than a more youthful actor.

    Jon Pertwee remains my favourite Doctor, let's see if Capaldi measures up and brings some fun and excitement back to the show - I'm not into all this sexual nonsense, which is best left to pron stars.

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    2. Robert E A Harvey
      Thumb Up

      Re: Matt Smith was too young

      I recall watching An Unearthly Child and suspect that an older, creepy, irrascible Doctor is long overdue. Remember William Hartnell!

      I also don't like this cyberpunk Tardis. Since it can rebuild itself when the Doctor is in trouble, I'd welcome a return to the old style console.

      Welcome Mr Capaldi, anyroad.

      1. Julian Bond
        FAIL

        Cyberpunk?

        I think you meant "Steampunk". And yes, I don't like the brass and big wooden handles. But then I'm not sure plugging the TARDIS into the the back of Dr Who's neck would be such a good thing either. If it's going to be perpetually 2014 in the next incarnation's TARDIS, then surely the UI should be an app on an android cleverphone?

    3. graeme leggett

      Re: Matt Smith was too young

      I'll agree with some of that.

      Yes, an older Doctor was due - for variety if nothing else.

      Yes, less of the sexual and romantic element twixt Doctor and assistant/companion/fellow traveller

      But I don't think Smith was too young - because he made a good job of it.

      1. teebie

        Re: Matt Smith was too young

        Mat Smith did make a good job of it, mainly by playing much older. Few actors his age could have gotten away with it, so an older doctor is very welcome.

  11. Steven Raith
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    Just to say...

    "Look, half an hour ago you were in with a shot! This is half an hour hence! We've f-cking time-travelled, yes? We're in a weird and wonderful world where everything is different! Maybe outside the polar ice caps have melted! Maybe there's f-cking robots knocking about and Davina Maccoll is the new Pope! Maybe you can download rice!

    That last part caused coffee to shoot out of my nose and ruin my shirt.

    Off to change it then go to work - that's made my morning.

    Steven R

    1. stucs201
      Coat

      Re: download rice

      So, unlimited rice pudding for all then...

      (the one with the bag of jelly babies in the pocket)

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Peter who?

  13. Charlie Clark Silver badge

    Good call

    Adds some gravitas to the Doctor and gives Capaldi the chance to distance himself from Malcolm Tucker - a role in which he is fucking brilliant, but like all roles ultimately limited.

  14. Stilted Banter
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    BBC PR = news

    Actor has new role. Gosh whatever next. Coming to you straight from that section of the BBC News website front page devoted to shameless self-promotion. Just because the BBC think anything to do with Dr Who counts as internationally-important news doesn't mean the rest of us have to go along.

    1. thecresta

      Re: BBC PR = news

      "Just because the BBC think anything to do with Dr Who counts as internationally-important news doesn't mean the rest of us have to go along."

      Maybe El Reg considers it 'news' because it's exactly the kind of stuff a majority of it's readers would be interested in?

    2. djack

      Re: BBC PR = news

      "Just because the BBC think anything to do with Dr Who counts as internationally-important news doesn't mean the rest of us have to go along."

      Regardless of what you may personally think, it was an international "event". The thing was broadcast live pretty-much globally. Just out of interest, I tried the BBC America website at 7PM and the thing was basically flattened. Getting some global viewing figures would be interesting.

      Come to think of it, I can't think of many other live global broadcasts like that (even thing like the Olympics had different anchors/commentators etc.)

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: BBC PR = news

      I am so, so, so sorry that you have been offended by something. Isn't this world shitty!

      1. Norromore

        Re: BBC PR = news

        I knew Father Jack. Father Jack was a friend of mine. AC, you are no Father Jack.

    4. Richard Scratcher
      Thumb Up

      Re: BBC PR = news

      "Actor has new role. Gosh whatever next..."

      I agree that isn't news... but then you've got the headline the way wrong round, it should be - "Role has new actor."

      Now that is news!

      1. BoldMan

        Re: BBC PR = news

        News isn't news anymore... an old drunk who used to be a good footballer arriving at the court for hit trial for assault isn't "news" but Sky News this morning had a "Breaking News - News Alert: Paul Gascoigne arrives at court" headline interrupting their "normal" "news" coverage...

        Meh

    5. Anonymous Coward
      Happy

      Re: BBC PR = news

      Thanks mate for one of those precious 'thank christ, I'm not alone' moments

      1. 0765794e08
        Mushroom

        Re: BBC PR = news

        This is so true. I was watching BBC News 24 an hour or so before the ‘reveal show’, and there was a long news item featuring their entertainment correspondent standing outside the broadcast studio, in front of a queue of ‘Whovians’ waiting to go into the studio…

        And I’m thinking….. never mind Syria, never mind Egypt, never mind Zimbabwe, never mind anything else important happening in the world… the self-obsessed and self- important BBC proclaims to planet earth: WE ARE THE NEWS

        1. NightFox

          Re: BBC PR = news

          I think you're getting "news" mixed up with "bad news". Just because something's entertainment related doesn't mean it can't be news, nor does have to detract from more serious (bad) news items. I'll wager that there's been more discussion today about the new Doctor today than there has been about Egypt - that's human nature for you though.

  15. Frankee Llonnygog

    Damn - I was so close

    Commenting on "Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!", I wrote:

    Posted Wednesday 5th June 2013 09:52 GMT Frankee Llonnygog

    Bill Nighy gets the William Hartnell vote

    However, as the Doc is often in the thick of it, I'm voting for (swerves to avoid Peter Capaldi) Rebecca Front

    Must have had a faulty triode in the Prognosticator that day

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Why is it always you f*ing Daleks?

    How the f* do you motherf*ers keep ending up causing trouble? Master f*ing race? Master f*ing race my f*ing arse. All you got is an egg whisk and a sink plunger - do you get you f*ing weaponry from the IKEA kitchen range? Why don't you just pop upstairs, get down on your knees and suck my f*ing dick? Oh no, wait, you can't - you haven't got any f*ing knees. Just f* off and let me get on with something important, like doing a f*ing Sudoku on a Cyberman's bollocks.

    1. AbelSoul

      Re: Why is it always you f*ing Daleks?

      "Who? I'll f*cking "Who" you! Look at the f*cking state of you, twatting about like a f*cking dalek confronted with a stair-f*cking-case. Get a f*cking grip. I'm the f*cking Doctor, that's f*cking who."

  17. RonWheeler

    Capaldi

    Might watch an epidode or two just because he is in it. No doubt to be disappointed again. Havn't watched DW regularly since the mid Tennant era - it is just too childish, twee and self-indulgent.

  18. Mer Ner

    G-Man

    Am I the only 1 who thinks he looks like the G-Man?

  19. ChrisB 2

    Inspired choice and should give saving the universe a little more clarity and direction

    http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2013/08/04/malcolm-tucker-vs-the-daleks/

  20. boltar Silver badge

    Dr Who is lame crud

    No amount of gravitas from a serious actor like Capaldi is going to rescue what is nothing more than poorly written child oriented sci fi with the occasional politically correct agenda thrown in. The laughably portentious storylines frequently have a habit of wrting cheques they can't cash - Quick , daleks are taking over the universe! Will the doctor round up a space fleet and attack them!? Err no , he'll talk loudly too them for 5 mins and they'll all go home. As Tucker would say , Oh give me a f*cking break!

    And they spend far too much time based around Earth - presumably for budget reasons. Plus the effects are generally rubbish and there's no excuse for that in 2013 when a decent desktop PC can do better effects than the whole of Lucasfilm could manage back in the 1980s.

    To anyone who reads serious sci fi - Ian M Banks, Neil Asher, for example - Dr Who is a sad joke. It should be on CBBC,

    1. Gordon 10 Silver badge
      FAIL

      Re: Dr Who is lame crud

      You do get that there's room for more than 1 genre in Sci-Fi dont you? And that millions of people watch DW precisely because of its current tone. If it wasnt for the current interpretation - whether you like it or not - it probably wouldnt be running again.

      I would also argue that since Moffat - the man responsible for 2 of the BBC's biggest hits in recent years - and whose worked with half of Hollywood - knows more about what works for a Global audience than you do.

      Oh and BTW the fact that you cant come up with anyone but Iain M Banks and his lesser sweary clone doesnt give your post much credibility.

      Dont get me wrong I have every Neil Asher in HB but he's a sweary bloody derivative of Banks and is no more heavy duty science fiction than DW is. Now if you had mentioned Donaldson, Stross, Doctorow, Scalzi et all you might have gained yourself a little more credibility.

      1. boltar Silver badge
        WTF?

        Re: Dr Who is lame crud

        "You do get that there's room for more than 1 genre in Sci-Fi dont you? "

        You're confusing differing genre with differing quality. The storyline s of Dr Who are extremely poor and the execution appalling.

        "If it wasnt for the current interpretation - whether you like it or not - it probably wouldnt be running again."

        And I should care , why? If the BBC didn't waste money on this they could spend it on other more deserving Sci Fi dramas instead.

        "I would also argue that since Moffat - the man responsible for 2 of the BBC's biggest hits in recent years - and whose worked with half of Hollywood - knows more about what works for a Global audience than you do."

        You could say the same about the producers of Big Brother. So what?

        "Oh and BTW the fact that you cant come up with anyone but Iain M Banks and his lesser sweary clone doesnt give your post much credibility."

        Says the man who mentions Stephen Donaldson - a poor fantasy hack who churns out tedious Tolkein knock-offs - in the same breath as Banks. I mean seriously??

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: To anyone who reads serious sci fi - ... - Dr Who is a sad joke

      I like serious science fiction, but I also like a bit of non-serious sf. Whilst Dr Who could be improved, it's entertaining enough (although maybe I'm prepared to cut it a bit more slack than usual because I used to watch it when I was young).

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Dr Who is lame crud

      Well, that's the thing about family shows, they tend to be aimed at the lower age groups so they're suitable for them.

      Also, FTFY

      "Ian M Banks, Peter Hamilton, for example"

      I tried reading some Neil Asher, it was awful. Please don't put him in the same sentence as the late great Mr Banks.

  21. no-one in particular
    Unhappy

    Thnaks a bundle, Register

    I'd avoided looking at the front pages of newspapers (dead easy), played a CD instead of radio news on the way into work this morning, had a pile of old El Reg articles open in the browser so I had something to read without having to look at your front page - and you bung the new actor info info a "most read" headline dropped onto those old stories!

    Some of us would have liked to have kept it as a surprise until the episode airs.

    1. chriswakey

      Re: Thnaks a bundle, Register

      Seriously?

      You honestly expected to have *not* found out by the time the episode aired in a few months time?

      Not sure if you're trolling, or just stupid...

      1. no-one in particular

        Re: Thanks a bundle, Register (corrected typo)

        Why stupid? It'll be out of the headline by tomorrow. That just leaves the annoying "coming soon" blurbs that the BBC will splash around and I've never had any problems skipping over those since the old days of VHS.

      2. Hope Spirals

        Re: Thnaks a bundle, Register

        No no - you miss the point, it's a game.

        How long can I go without finding out about _______?

        This one was Dr Who but there are others.

        General Election - just over 2 days is my best.

        The budget is a good one for beginners - avoid the results and news for 48 hours then see how long before you actually notice something that affects you and you can definitely attribute to the chancellor.

        It's not news, it's (mostly) gossip.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Thnaks a bundle, Register

      I have a mental image of this poster as Bob Ferris hiding in a church trying to avoid hearing the football result.

      1. no-one in particular

        Re: Thnaks a bundle, Register

        Mr Hill,

        Have an upvote for reminding me of that episode.

      2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
        Coat

        Re: Thnaks a bundle, Register

        "Bob Ferris hiding in a church trying to avoid hearing the football result."

        Aye, and the result is just as likely, lad.

  22. Red Bren
    Stop

    It's a ruse!

    Capaldi is not The Doctor at all, he's The Master. Can't you see? This publicity stunt is out of character for The Doctor. The BBC are unwitting tools in The Master's plan.

    Plus it will stop people speculating on the new Doctor's real identity...

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I didn't mind who it was...

    so long as it wasn't going to be James f****g Corden!

  24. Hilibnist

    Well done everybody

    I feel like I'm the only one here who hasn't seen Malcolm Tucker in action! Still thanks to everybody for the recommendations.

    Now, where was Peter Capaldi in the El Reg readers' poll?

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/07/who_poll/

    Any suggestions why his name didn't spring to mind earlier?

  25. William Donelson

    Two words for Dr. Who:

    1. Silly

    2. Boringggggggggggggg

    1. Adam-the-Kiwi
      Facepalm

      @William Donelson

      Still, you felt it was worth (at the least) going to the article, navigating past it to the comments and leaving your opinion. Which, ironically, is:

      > 1. Silly

      > 2. Boringggggggggggggg

  26. David Kelly 2

    Pervy?

    The Doctor is over 900 years old. 20 or 120, either is just as pervy as the other.

  27. redhunter

    My teenage daughter was disappointed that some old fart 10 years older than her dad would be playing Dr. Who when she has grown accustomed to the younger ones of late.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Young girls can have all sorts of opinions. My granddaughter's adoration of Peter Capaldi borders on idolatry.

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    a BIT pervy ???

    Hang on a minute, all those people who live their lives in Daily Mail space going on about it being OK for a young (Matt Smith) Dr Who to get off on a cute female companion, but it's pervy and offensive if the Doctor looks over 50, have really lost the plot.

    He's a frikkin' Time Lord from Gallifrey. He's an intergalactic alien - doesn't that count as qualifyingly pervy whatever his current incarnation happens to look like?

    What if Time Lords have something else unusual about them (apart from the two hearts and 12 lifetimes) like a prehensile todger?

    At least Romana (in Tom Baker's era) was also a Time Lord, i.e. the matching species, and he didn't cop off with her, nor did we see her having a crisis from playing with the settings on a sonic screwdriver.

    Anyway, Capaldi is an excellent choice for Dr Who, and even better, he doesn't look like he'd been at the Jarvis Cocker School of Acting and Dance, like Matt Smith.

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