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Monday, August 5, 2013

Number 12 and Doctor Who for Beginners

Posted by Charlene // Tags: , ,
Peter Capaldi is the 12th Doctor!
As all Doctor Who fans know, the 12th regeneration of the Doctor was announced yesterday!  Peter Capaldi - an actor I'm largely unfamiliar with, but very excited to get to know and probably become a huge fan of!  And while I know people will be disappointed no matter who was cast, I think the decision to go with an older actor - a change from the younger actors to have played the Doctor in the New Series - is a great one, especially since the Doctor, I believe, is heading towards more darkness and internal turmoil and I think an older actor will bring much gravitas and believability to the role.

Although from this first BBC/Doctor Who approved picture of the actor, he has such a twinkle in his eye that I think there will still be a good amount of playful eccentricity in his portrayal which is one of my favorite things about the Doctor!

It's so weird, that when I first heard that they were going to announce the 12th Doctor a couple days ago, I almost didn't want to know or think about it, but now that the day is here, I'm almost eager to say goodbye to Matt Smith and see what this new Doctor is all about.  I LOVE Matt as the Doctor (he's my favorite so far) and I love what he brought to the role, but there is something so exciting in seeing this show reboot, and getting something completely different but the same.

If you have never watched the show and you are kinda curious about it but also apprehensive about getting into a show with such a complex history, don't be!  I felt the same when I first started watching, but if you just start you can pick it up easily and the show can be so addicting!  And, because I'm in Doctor Who withdrawals and the news has made me very impatient, I passed some time making a Doctor Who infographic with some basic introductory info.  Check it out below!  If you haven't seen the show, here's hoping you'll give it a try! :)




(Had to change the image to a Google+ hosted photo. Sigh, goodbye high resolution!)

Sometimes I get asked where to start and I think it's best to either

  • Watch "Blink" New Series Season 3, Episode 10 (the first episode with The Weeping Angels and generally regarded as one of the best episodes of Doctor Who ever!) so you can get an idea of the potential of the show in terms of a clever story, time travel complications, and fright factor.  But it's not a very comprehensive look at the character of the Doctor since he's not in it very much.
  • Or start with the New series - either with the very first of the new Doctors - the 9th/Christopher Eccleston, or the first episode of 10 or 11 because it's still a good starting point to get into the show.  And then if you love it, you should totally go back and watch some of the Classic series!

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17 comments:

  1. I really like Capaldi as the Angel Islington in the Neverwhere t.v. series..but I was really nervous when I heard he was cast because he is so serious..and I imagine the Doctor as quirky with moments of seriousness..like Matt was and Tom Baker was.
    Still he is a good actor and I think he will freshen up the series and give it a new feel..hopefully I will learn to love him!

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    1. I think I saw that version of Neverwhere but I don't remember much of it, or really anything of Peter in the role! I thought there was a lightness to his performance in The Fires of Pompeii though and I too hope he won't be too serious all the time! I feel like Moffat will be able to do some really interesting things with an actor so different to Matt, that that really makes me excited for the regeneration too!

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  2. I can't see the image!! ARR!!!! I really want to watch DR who but don't know where to start!

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    1. I fixed the image, don't know why the other one stopped working! It's so hard to find a nice free website that will host large images, heh. I would totally recommend trying "Blink" first and seeing how you like it!

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    2. Oh and I totally pinned your image!! <3

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    3. Yay I'm glad, thank you for letting me know it wasn't showing up before. And I just followed you on Pinterest! :)

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  3. I want to watch Doctor Who sometime, but I don't have Netflix now and don't want to buy everything on DVD, so yes, one day... I talked to someone about it recently and she told me to start with the new series so that's what I plan to do when I finally get around to it.

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    1. Aw that's too bad, I hope you get to watch it soon! The DVDs are very expensive, I always wait to buy mine so the price can go down somewhat!

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  4. I have never watched Doctor Who! *cringe*
    I only knew it was a TV show-I think infographic gave me a better idea.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. I'm glad if the infograpic helped understand the show better! And then maybe you'll start watching it on a whim! :)

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  5. I know Peter will be awesome (he is a fantastic actor) but I will still kind of disappointed by the choice... I think it's because the bookies stopped taking bets for him being 12, as so many people were betting on him, that it really wasn't a surprise when it actually was him.
    I really wanted Idris Elba, although I know he's said he's honoured to have been mentioned, but couldn't see himself in the role. I don't know if you managed to watch the live announcement show, but Steven Moffat also basically laughed off the idea of the Doctor ever being a woman =/
    Blink is one of my favourites - along with Flesh and Stone and Silence in the Library. I wonder how River will react to 12...
    By the way, I don't know if you've heard of a site called Teefury, they do a different t-shirt design every day that's only available for one day. Different people design them, and they're normally based around pop culture - I've bought about five DW ones from there, so check it out =D

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    1. I wasn't really paying attention with all the speculation about who would be the next Doctor, though I'm sure it's harder to get away from in England! So I guess I'm glad I did though, when they announced the Doctor, I couldn't really take it in as I had to scramble to find out who he was! :) I did see The Next Doctor and was a bit confused by that - first Moffat says it's possible, and then dismisses it! But it doesn't mean it won't happen - maybe when they get to the 13 incarnation, they'll do a gender swap which will somehow explain how the Doctor gets more regenerations?? :D I really don't know how that would work though!

      I think The Doctor's Wife is my current favorite, but it seems like almost all the episodes Moffat has written is a favorite! I wonder if River is even coming back! I hope so!

      And I'll definitely check out Teefury! Thanks!

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  6. The Doctor's people are not time lords. They are Gallifreans (sp?). Some of whom become Time Lords.

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    1. Ah interesting, I think since I'm talking about the Doctor and he is a Time Lord, especially since there are unique attributes to a Time Lord, for specificity it's okay to refer to his race as Time Lord and not Gallifreyan. Just as I can say what race I am instead of saying 'human'. :)

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  7. Great graphic - I think this is an awesome intro to the series and loved the Survival quote at the end! :)

    I keep thinking at some point this year I'll do a post where I pick one book, audio and episode per Doctor as a starting point. As always though, never the time!

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    1. Thanks! I really love that quote - and there's a bittersweet quality to it too since it was the last words in the Classic series. I wish you would do a starting point post for every Doctor! That would be helpful for me with some of the Doctors I haven't really seen or read much of. Maybe it could be a series of posts in November for the 50th anniversary?

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