New Year, New Series — New Direction!

drcapaldiIt’s 2014, kiddies, and DOCTOR WHO will take advantage of the arrival of a new Doctor to set a new tone when Series Eight bows this fall.

With Peter Capaldi now having taken over the lead role from Matt Smith in “The Time of the Doctor,” the show was bound to change, if only by virtue of having a new leading man, but show-runner Steven Moffat promises something more significant: Things will change in a big way, but it will still be DOCTOR WHO as usual.

“[DOCTOR WHO] changes all the time, and it’s keeping ahead of the audience in a way. All shows age and they all age sort of in the same way. You learn how to do it, you get really slick at it, and then you think you’re really, really slick at it and everyone’s started to yawn. And you think, ‘Oh God, we’re really slick at this but everyone knows what we’re going to do’… So now we’ve got to actually get a bit raw at it and do it in a different direction. It happens on every show – you get good at it — and ‘good at it’ is the enemy in the end.

“If [Russell T Davies] had stayed on, [DOCTOR WHO] would still have changed. I remember when we had our handover chat, he was saying, ‘So what are you going to do? Are you going to change that?’ And I said, ‘Well, what would you change?’ We both agreed, ‘It’s time to kick a lot of stuff out.’ And, actually, it is time again to do that.”

The rejiggered Series Eight, featuring the 12th Doctor and Clara (Jenna Coleman) starts filming this month.

6 thoughts on “New Year, New Series — New Direction!

    • I am very excited for the debut of the 12th Doctor as well, even though Matt Smith is my favorite Doctor ever, and I’ve seen them all!

      The new Doctor’s first words being a comment on his new body — specifically disliking the color of his kidneys — is a great way to call-back to the past, with the 10th Doctor thrown off by his new teeth and the 11th overjoyed to still have legs!


      • Oh, that is awesome! 11th is your favourite out of them ALL? Loyalty reasons (you saw him first or something : )) or he’s just simply THE BEST? : )
        I know! But for some reason the kidneys made me sure he would be just as playful as 10th, which I missed!


        • My first Doctor was Tom Baker, way back in… well, let’s just say it’s in my past (don’t make me lie about how many hundreds of years old I am). Then I saw Five, Six and Seven, peppering in One, Two and Three. Public TV was great back in the day. When the missing episode DVDs came out I watched those, so I’ve seen everything that exists up until the most recent finds.

          After enjoying Tennant’s run so much I gave Matt the chance to win me over — and he did. By the time “The Eleventh Hour” was over, he was the Doctor to me. And by “Vampires in Venice” I was saying “David who?” I love the way Matt threw himself into the role so completely and physically. And reading interviews and seeing him on chat shows, it was clear that his “normal” personality is very close to his goofy Doctor — Matt was born to play the Doctor, so it’s no wonder Moffat felt like when Matt auditioned that the Doctor had just walked into the room, already fully formed. It was like Tom Baker said, way back when: “I wasn’t acting, I was just playing myself.”


  1. I’m not too familiar with Peter Capaldi, but I am looking forward to having a somewhat older Doctor in the TARDIS.
    I wonder if River Song will be back at all… I think her and Twelve might prove REALLY interesting, although I suppose that wouldn’t be for the kiddies would it? It was strange regeneration to me, a big long drawn out one from old to young, and then a quickie change.


    • I am certain we will see River again — for a number of reasons. 1. She’s Moffat’s character, and he loves her! 2. She told the Doctor (in “The Name of the Doctor”) that he would see her again. 3. (Most importantly) We know from “The Forest of the Dead” that upon their final meeting, the Doctor will give her a version of his sonic that we have never seen before — one with “red settings” — that contains her data ghost so CAL can “save” her.

      So we have not seen the last of Prof. River Song!

      I suppose we can chalk up the speed of this regeneration to being a new cycle — the Doctor has to get the hang of it. Just think how different so many of his previous renewals were. The thunderstrike sound effect was very reminiscent of the Five-to-Six changeover.


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