Peter Capaldi taking over the TARDIS on Doctor Who was a clear sign that aspects of the show will go in a different direction. The previous few Doctors (aside from John Hurt’s in The Day of the Doctor) were younger. Capaldi is a return to a more traditional Doctor; an older one.
From what we saw of Capaldi’s Doctor so far, from both The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor, he looks more menacing than his predecessors. It doesn’t hurt that he has an intimidating scowl.
“There would be little point in making as radical a change as we’ve made unless you’re going to go quite different with the Doctor. The last two Doctors have been brilliant, and have been your ‘good boyfriend’ Doctors. But the Doctor isn’t always like that. There is the sort of Tom Baker, Christopher Eccleston end of the spectrum, where he is mad and dangerous and difficult.
I think it was time for the show to flip around a bit. The new version of the show is quite old now. It’s very old… We need the kick-up-the-arse Doctor, in a way, to frighten you and make you think, oh, it’s a different show again.”
Fans rejoice; fangirls lament. The changes coming will create a divide, but given time, slash fiction will be written about the new Doctor. By that I mean, eventually, he’ll be just as loved as 10 and 11.
Anyone else excited? Rhetorical question. Many are excited. It’s just too bad we have a while to wait, since Doctor Who just started filming.