"Mad, bad, and dangerous to know," is how Lady Caroline Lamb once described Lord Byron, and it seems Doctor Who's Steven Moffat is taking a page out of that book for his conception of Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor.
In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, the brain behind the current iteration of the show, , opened up about what we can expect from 's Doctor. Ever since his casting, it was fairly clear he would be a far different version than the somewhat similar Tenth and Eleventh Doctors played by and . For starters, he's to be the first Doctor to speak with a Scottish accent, he's older by a few decades, and there was also that persistent theory by Whovians that Capald's Doctor might be an f-bomb dropping, ranty, angry sort similar to Capaldi's character of Malcolm Tucker from The Thick of It and In the Loop.
As it turns out, we weren't that far off:
Now we're going to give her a Doctor who's not like that at all [The Eleventh Doctor], who's a much older, fiercer, madder, less reliable Doctor, who leads her a merry dance. And she's trying to keep him a secret and she's now working in a school...
Instead, Moffat says, Capaldi's Doctor will be more akin to the and versions: "mad and dangerous and difficult" and not be a "quirky young man" like his previous two predecessors.
Fans shouldn't really be surprised by this turn of events. There's been some growing backlash in recent years from fans of the classic Doctor Who that the show was catering far too much to the younger, newer demographic, putting too much emphasis on romance, and forgetting about the older and middle-aged fans who haven't been able to relate to the past few, foppish Doctors. Likewise, we can expect the episodes to be a bit more self-contained than they were in Smith's run, with the Doctor's search for Gallifrey being a common thread, but not the overarching story that into which everything is woven. After some of the rather, er, questionable "explanations" Moffat has offered for particularly wacky plot twists, it's probably a good thing they'll be dialing it back a bit for the next series.
Will this win back some of the long-time fans who have slowly wandered away from the fandom? Will it alienate the 18-year-old fangirl who just wants a cute Doctor with crazy hair? It remains to be seen. I, for one, am more than ready to hear the familiar wheeze of the TARDIS.
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