In about a 30 minute segment, a live reveal announced the highly awaited 12th Doctor to continue after Matt Smith’s departure in BBC’s Doctor Who. Peter Capaldi was one of the names that was slightly circulated through the rumor mill, but now, the 55-year-old actor has officially been named as the 12th Doctor. Capaldi reveled in the fact that he didn’t have to keep his new time lord status a secret anymore, especially from his daughter. “For a while I couldn’t tell my daughter. She was reading the rumors on the internet and getting upset that they weren’t mentioning me. I kept saying, ‘Rise above it, rise above it.'”
An older Doctor could introduce something different from Matt Smith’s youthful and physically charged role, a fact that both excites and discourages me. Doctor Who fans may recognize him as Caecilius in the episode The Fires of Pompeii as well as John Frobisher in Torchwood. And it is slightly relieving to know that Peter Capaldi is a huge Doctor Who fan, so while he will inevitably introduce something different to the show, I’m confident that he will retain the charm and wit that initially attracted me to Doctor Who in the first place. Perhaps this Doctor will carry a bit more darkness… something that I would definitely be interested in seeing on screen.