The 55 year old Scot, Peter Capaldi, has just been revealed as the 12th Doctor. I can’t describe how pleased I am that the next Doctor will be older than me. There’s been a great deal of age bias surrounding the conjecture on the new Doctor’s identity. Comments to the effect that any person over the age of 40 would find the filming schedule too rigorous have absolutely astounded me. This smacks of ageism and clearly exhibits the rampant discrimination which is the cause of such high unemployment for anyone over the age of about 45. The Australian Government runs the Experience + initiative to assist more mature aged people to enter and remain in the workforce. I wonder if there are similar initiatives in the UK and the US? I only hope that the anti-Capaldi crowd aren’t, or don’t ever become, employers or people whose job classifications involve recruitment.
Peter Capaldi is the Twelfth Doctor
With Capaldi’s appointment as the next Doctor one quarter of all Doctors have been Scottish. As show runner Steven Moffat is also a Scot we can only hope that Capaldi isn’t compelled to adopt an Estuary English accent like the last Scottish Doctor, David Tennant. The opportunity to escape from the Londoncentric Doctor Who of the last seven odd years is upon us. Here’s hoping the opportunity isn’t lost.
Since the news was released on 1st June that Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who all number of names have been suggested for the Twelfth Doctor. According to an article in yesterday’s Radio Times the bookmakers’ current favourite, at odds of 2-1, is Peter Capaldi. The 55 year old Scot is most well known for his role of Malcolm Tucker in the BBC sitcom The Thick of It. Like the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, Capaldi is a genuine fan of Who and even had a letter published in the Radio Times when aged 15. The thought of an older Doctor is extremely enticing, although I wonder how an actor who’s the same age as William Hartnell was when he first played the Doctor would fare with the fan girls? Perhaps a young male companion, preferably in a skirt like Jamie McCrimmon, would satisfy the younger female viewers?
Peter Capaldi is the current bookies’ favourite to play the Twelfth Doctor
A rumour is currently flying around Twitter that an announcement will be made by the BBC about Doctor Who at midnight tonight (Thursday) UK Time. That’s 9.00 a.m. today Eastern Australian time. Whether the announcement will be the name of the new Doctor, or an announcement of a forthcoming announcement, remains to be seen. The Radio Times had previously said that the new Doctor would be announced on a special edition of Doctor Who Confidential. A special edition it would certainly need to be given that DWC ceased production at the end of 2011. Further rumours have suggested that this special edition will be aired in the UK this coming Sunday.
Bleeding Cool and Metro are now reporting that a one-off Doctor Who Live will be screened on the BBC this Sunday at 7.00 p.m. The Twelfth Doctor will be unveiled and interviewed on the show, it has been stated. More information on this latest rumour can be found at http://metro.co.uk/2013/08/01/new-doctor-the-next-doctor-who-lead-actor-to-be-unveiled-this-sunday-on-bbc-one-3908220/
You can read the latest Radio Times article at http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-07-31/doctor-who-read-the-fan-letter-bookies-favourite-peter-capaldi-wrote-to-radio-times-aged-15 and check out the Doctor Who Tweets on Twitter at #DoctorWho
©Vivien Fleming, 2013.