I can’t remember a time since the show returned that there has been so much buzz and speculation about a new Doctor as there has been for Peter Capaldi. The latest clutch of tidbits offered out speculates that our new Time Lord will be cut from the same cloth as the darker classics such as the Hinchcliffe era Tom Baker.
In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine The Moff himself has gone on record saying that we will definitely be getting a more dangerous Doctor.
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.
He goes on to say that it is time to shake the show up again, that even nuWho is getting old and considering it will be celebrating its 10th birthday next year the man has a point.
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.
Director Ben Wheatley has also weighed in on the topic saying that in the episodes that he was responsible for (episodes one and two of the new series) are indeed dark. Not really a surprise given the director’s past output, but how dark has he been allowed to take a BBC prime-time Saturday night show?
Oh yeah, Doctor Who is pretty dark, I think… It seems to me the episodes that we’re doing now seem more like classic Who. We’re going back to that style. But you’ll have to wait and see.
Personally I think this is a great idea; it has been a while since we saw any real darkness to the Doctor. No offense to Matt Smith (or his legions of fans) but I never really saw a dark side to his Doctor, even moments like the Pandorica speech, the angry bit in The Beast Below (“nobody human has anything to say to me today”) or even the speech from The Rings of Akhaten all seemed a little, well, fluffy. Tennant gave us some wonderful dark moments, and quite frankly I think they stand up as some of the most memorable moments since the shows comeback, things like the punishments for the Family of Blood, the Time Lord victorious speech and everything about the episode Midnight (hands down my favorite episode of nuWho) all delivered a much darker Doctor and the results show that it works.
So I say bring on the horror, amp up the fear and lets get the kids hiding behind the sofa again!
But what do you feel; should the BBC be trying to keep the show kid friendly and tame? Will a darker edge alienate certain elements of the audience? Or do you think that a big shake up and back to basics approach is just what the Doctor ordered? As always we want to know what you think, so please do fill us in.