The New Doctor! He's So Capaldi! Dec 5, 2013 1:32:38 GMT
Post by Paul McDermott on Dec 5, 2013 1:32:38 GMT
Sounds intriguing, Jaspal!
They won't turn Who into a baddie, we all know that - that's what the Master is for. (When tried, a la the Valeyard and War Doctor, they wimp out so he sucks at it. I hope they'll stop it now.)
But if for the first time in many years, we aren't always entirely sure exactly how he'll react or necessarily why when he does, I'm all in.
And if he stops being cutesy-poo, so much the better.
A bit of reserve, a bit of grit, a bit of danger, a bit of action, a bit of authority and (gasp) a bit of mystery? That's my Doctor.
Just give him scripts to make that revitalization of the lead shine through, and I think we're going to see a very different, very exciting, and very successful new era for Who come 2014.
What will Capaldi's Doctor be like? It's an interesting puzzle!
I think that'll emerge, just as did for Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee. Those three variations on the role evolved from their initial outing to the more nuanced styles we saw later.
Still, we know a little already that offers some ideas to consider.
He's the oldest Doctor. That may make his body start feeling its years for the first time in a very long time. But it might also make him a bit more impatient, sometimes even reckless.
The fluid link gambit we saw in The Dead Planet might be something we see evidenced in his new personality, being supremely confident and not willing to take no for an answer.
He's also the most experienced. That could make battles the earlier incarnations had trouble with be something he could plot out and breezily discharge from a hammock with a cool drink in hand, or even in the most abstruse and seemingly disconnected ways.
These combinations may increase the tension between him and those who seek his aid, as he appears cold, disinterested and even lazy when instead he's merely solving the problem as fast as he can, with the least amount of risk or bloodshed, thereby letting him get on to go do something else that requires his attention - even if it is only to ride a particular ferris wheel at a certain park in a certain point in time to indirectly avert a looming crisis from turning into a full-scale disaster.
The hand-holding and blubbing and stuff, he leaves to his companions to attend to - Watson's tea and sympathy approach to Holmes being distant and inscrutable, even rude at times.
Which is not to say the Doctor would be unfeeling or emotionless, he just would be more reticent about letting people know too much about his thoughts and feelings. Knowledge is power, and he prefers to be an enigma, at least until he feels comfortable. That could vary from minutes to centuries depending on his mood or the person or the place. Old favorites might be surprised to learn that their expectations are suddenly and irretrievably shattered. "Sorry, that bloke's dead - and I'm not interested." Which is not to say he would necessarily be averse to bragging a bit or telling tall tales, as was the case in the past, perhaps he'd be more inclined to do so, just that sometimes he might slip the odd truth in there a little less frequently.
And all these changes would surely also take a little getting used to for those who knew him before. Ben was hardly impressed or convinced when Troughton first appeared!
He may even try to get rid of them, dumping them back home in a flash, but find he needs them for reasons he won't say but hopes they'll misunderstand in a helpful fashion to save an awkward conversation that they might not like to hear. I've heard notions he may keep Matt's offsider and gain a bloke. Maybe they could be siblings for a change, a la John and Gillian? Heck, how long has it been since the Doctor had a relation aboard? Anything to shake up the "seen it recently" dynamic would be fine with me!
In time, his transition to his new life may take things down a peg - perhaps the settling-in phase for this change won't be a few minutes of mania but be more subtle and longer-lasting - but ultimately, his friends and foes will recognize at once that he's not like he was, yet even truer to himself than he's ever been.