Peter Capaldi is televisual Marmite to you lot.
Peter Capaldi is a good actor. The Doctor is one of the all- time great fictional characters. But I’m not seeing him as the Doctor. Yes, he is broody and not a “safe”, cuddly floppy- haired boy. But something just isn’t quite clicking. The following is a short list of things that is stopping me from seeing Peter Capaldi as THE Doctor: 1. Mumbling. Peter C’s enunciation of the lines can sometimes fall short. I am not sure whether this is an acting choice, his natural way, or down to direction or editing. 2. Scottishness. The full accent doesn’t suit the Doctor. He is an alien; he shouldn’t sound like he is from any particular place, and definitely shouldn’t be defined in the show as such. 3. Peter Capaldi. On his casting I was delighted, but now all I see is the familiar actor Peter Capaldi. He is too well known to be this alien character. Eccleston was not an unknown, but he wasn’t exactly mainstream. I’d seen David & Matt in a couple of things prior, but had no difficulty in seeing the Doctor, and not seeing them…
Of Mars, SFX forum I was lucky enough to attend the NYC screening of “Deep Breath” and it was there that all my apprehensions about the Twelfth Doctor vanished. Capaldi’s “angry old man” behaviour, mixed with the strange young quality of the character, makes him so enjoyable to watch.
I loved Matt Smith, but Peter Capaldi has truly stolen the spotlight and reignited my desire to work on Doctor Who someday. Who knows, the Doctor does have a daughter, doesn’t he? It’s just too bad that Malcolm Tucker can’t make an appearance in the TARDIS…
Rachel Leishman, NYC This is the shallowest and most childish season ever. It really is an embarrassment to the proud history of the show. If I had one thing to say to Moffat it would be “that’s a funny way to resign”.
Michael Newton, Facebook I think he’s brilliant. He’s crotchety, and a complainer, and I have no problem with him, his acting, or the writing. True there are episodes I absolutely dislike (“Love And Monsters” is a prime example), but I have loved all the Doctors and their episodes equally. My allegiance doesn’t sway because my allegiance is to the Doctor, not the actors playing him. As for Moffat and his
writing, many people blame him for perceived wrongs because it’s easy to do so. They can say this and that is horrible, or that he himself is horrible, but I would love to see them do Moffat’s job. If they think they could do better, let us see it!
Briar Duclos, Facebook He is unsettling and awkward, untrustworthy and peculiar. Which is exactly how I found Tom Baker when I was a kid and started watching Doctor Who. So, in short, he’s just perfect.
Kate Leatherbarrow, Facebook It’s fascinating that people see moments and touches that are reminiscent of earlier Doctors – a line delivery in the style of Tom Baker, a Pertwee pose, some Hartnell gravitas – because that happens every time the character is recast. It totally depends on what you’ve seen, and your interpretation of it. One thing that’s totally clear from interviews, and now from seeing him at work on screen, is that Peter Capaldi is thoroughly invested in this role. He’s one of us, we can trust him not to let us down.
Michael Lupton, Facebook He launches the TARDIS with ONE LEVER! No pirouette, pull this, twist that. One lever. Job done. No messing about. Says it all.
John Buckett, Facebook Peter Capaldi is one for the
“He’s one of us. We can trust him not to let us down”
purist fan only, and will lose key demographics ( kids and women). Mumbling old wrinkly Scottish moaner doesn’t cut it. I give it one more series after this one before ratings take this Doctor off air.
Sanders29, email Capaldi’s Doctor is like House – gruff and uncaring, with intense vulnerability. This Doctor asks ( and thankfully hasn’t yet sufficiently answered) the big questions about the kind of person he is (“Am I a good man?” “Who frowned me this face?”) and seems to have a slightly different moral compass than his recent predecessors. I find Capaldi’s Doctor the most interesting part of the show, but the writing from Moffat has been underwhelming.
Christine M Hinton, DeBary, FL In- office opinion of the new series is so far inconclusive – even from episode to episode – though Capaldi probably could do with slightly better enunciation if Jordan’s wellworn rewind button is anything to go by.
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“The mumbling isn’t a problem if you just do what I’ve written here.”
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