I'm extremely happy that we have an older Doctor again. On that score, just about any 50+ actor would have satisfied me.
I know Capaldi is a brilliant actor, but I can't say I've ever been an actual "fan." Have never seen him play a lead, and usually he's been the villain. Outside of the Whoniverse, I've seen him on things like Midsomer Murders, Foyle's War
and Prime Suspect
. It's his Prime Suspect
roles that I'm going to have to try very, very hard to get out of my head for me to see him has the Doctor. I know he can do it. I just don't know how long it will take for me to think of him that way.
The fact that he's a lifelong fan of the show, a real fan and not a "celeb fan" who likes it because it's popular, makes me very, very happy. And I trust Moffat and the BBC on casting, at the very least. They've never miscast a Doctor yet.
What really surprises me is how many people are clamoring to watch his other performances now. I don't want to do that at all. I want to avoid him until I see him as the Doctor. I want to go in to his series as fresh as I possibly can; I would do for anyone
in the role, whether I already knew who they were or not. I don't want to see the actor, I want the actor to *be* the Doctor for me.
On the other hand, I'm one of the few who actually knew
who Matt Smith was when he was announced. I'd seen him as Jim in those historical mysteries that Billie Piper did between Who
and Call Girl
, and from just that, I absolutely knew
he would make a brilliant Doctor.
I'm sure Capaldi is going to be great. I just hope I can get over Vera and Frobisher soon after he starts.
So my only serious complaint: still...Not...GINGER.