The biggest TV news of the weekend was undoubtedly the announcement of the new Doctor for Doctor Who. It will be the twelfth iteration of the character, and the honor goes to….Peter Capaldi.
That was the collective reaction from many, as they Googled him and immediately saw an older white guy. Truth is, Capaldi is a veteran Scottish actor with dozens and dozens of credits. He also actually appeared in a pair of Doctor Who episodes previous, the Fires of Pompeii where he plays a Roman citizen saved from the volcano by the Doctor.
Many people were speculating that this new Doctor would break the streak of casting young white guys in the role, by having the new Doctor be black or a woman. Instead, we’re going back to the pre-reboot days of the show when the Doctor was an older man instead.
While it could have been cool to have a Doctor of a different race or gender, I don’t think they should have done it just as a novelty. I’m sure they looked at many talented actors (and actresses) for the part, but if Capaldi was the best fit, then they definitely should have chosen him no matter his gender, color or age. The man is a great actor (he won an Oscar for a short film he made years ago), and I look forward to seeing what he does in the role.
And yes, it’s rather hilarious that in World War Z recently, he played a W.H.O. Doctor. Can that seriously be a coincidence?