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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.

Egging on

I was re­vis­it­ing Buffy’s sea­son 2 fi­nale, where Wil­low is at­tempt­ing to re­store An­gel’s soul, when I no­ticed that one of her ut­ter­ances ap­pears to be “trans­port a souf­flé

Won­der blun­der

Nick Setch­field was right in is­sue 253’ s Soap­box – su­per­hero cos­tumes are very dull nowa­days. I am tempted to sug­gest that they reshoot the scenes with Won­der Woman in with a bit of colour added to her cos­tume, or just add it dig­i­tally after. Even Mar­vel has not es­caped the dull-

Ocu­lus rift

I agree with Sarah Dobbs: Ocu­lus in­vites the viewer to draw their own con­clu­sion – that the whole thing was a re­sult of a su­per­nat­u­ral force or a delu­sion that the two sib­lings were suf­fer­ing from. A se­quel would just lessen this belief. After all, it’s quite clear Kaylie was mad in the first place.

Ocu­lus is a film with two morals: let an ob­ses­sion get the bet­ter of you, and it won’t be just your life you’re de­stroy­ing. And some prom­ises should never be kept.

Gary Wat­son, Northum­ber­land

Don’t count on there not be­ing a se­quel. If I know any­thing about WWE ( and by ex­ten­sion WWE Stu­dios) it’s that any small suc­cess will be ex­ploited over and over again. Di­rec­tor Mike Flana­gan has stated that he’s up for it, too – at least with the right script.

“They should reshoot it with a bit of colour”

to L’Oreal”. I’m mys­ti­fied as to how the con­vey­ing of a savoury dish to a ma­jor cos­met­ics company could pos­si­bly re­store a vam­pire’s soul.

Paul Holden, Preston Wil­low al­ways did have some cu­ri­ous method­ol­ogy.

The angry half of the SFX read­er­ship ex­presses its dis­plea­sure. Vi­o­lently.

“The mum­bling isn’t a prob­lem if you just do what I’ve writ­ten here.”

Won­der Woman’s natty shade of brown isn’t charm­ing our fash­ion­istas.

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