questionsare you eager to meet the new doctor?

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Yes. Just glad that it is confirmed not be a lady though. I know to some that may sound horribly something-ist or whatever the cool new name calling thing is for when you don't agree with some one, but I think it is crazy that some were hoping for it. I know people want to change it up a bit, but that sort of change would likely alienate a large enough segment of the fan base (such as myself) to insure that we wouldn't watch it ever again.

Anywho, not much time left until the announcement.

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Love the fact the new doctor is friends with Craig Ferguson (they played in a punk band together when they were younger) and I can't wait to see Craig's reaction on Monday night.

That being said, in my head Peter Capaldi will always remain the young guy in "Local Hero" who hit a bunny with his car. I adore that movie and Knopfler's soundtrack for it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WE3CEuZyEJ4 (too lazy to format the link)

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@bluejester: I'm with you -- I just really can't envision a female Doctor. I've been a Whovian since Tom Baker was Doctor #4 and enjoyed most of them, but my mind just won't wrap itself around a female Doctor.

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I've never heard of Peter Capaldi, although looking at his professional history in Wiki I've evidently seen him a great deal. I'm generally a little wary of a known actor taking on an iconic role, but I'm hoping he'll be satisfactory. I fear David Tennant and Matt Smith have rather spoiled me, though.

I howled with laughter over this comment from a CNN message board:

"I was hoping for Samuel L Jackson. 'The path of the righteous is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil creatures. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Doctor when I lay My vengeance upon thee.' "

Come to think of it, Jackson would have made a perfect, albeit scary, Doctor.

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I think Capaldi will be good because if he isn't, his buddy Craig is going to call him at home and tell him so. No other Doctor has ever had a fanboy know his home phone number before he even starts.

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I liked Capaldi in Torchwood. and on Skins. He can bring a lot to the show. But the person who i was hoping for ( A major long shot) was Bill Nye the Science Guy!!

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@devexityspace: Picky picky picky. Neither is Samuel L. Jackson, but I could like him in the show.

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@bluejester: Actually, I will always stand by the fact that I think the actress for Amy was wasted on that role, and would have made an awesome Doctor. Of course, after the first few episodes horrible writing ruined her and made her seem like a bad actress.
Beyond that, I sort of agree. I can't imagine a female Doctor Who with any actress I can think of.

Granted, I think part of it is that female roles of the nature that would be required, are generally ruined by the writers need to make them "stronger" (more of a sadistic bully) than any male they come across, or make them love targets for everyone in existence. This hasn't been the need with the actors who played the Doctor previously. They could just be eccentric people who bounced around without any real attachments. If they wanted to make a female Doctor, they would seriously have to work a lot harder to get it right and not fall into any trap.

Btw, I have no idea who this new guy is, but I am glad Smith is leaving.

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I'm sure Capaldi will do a fantastic job. Everyone is so concerned because he's old, but what they don't realize is that he's the same age as the first Doctor when he started. Being old is not a handicap, people!
I look forward to the new darker Doctor, who will probably be more like Eccleston's Doctor rather than Tennant's.

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I'm looking forward to seeing how they incorporate John Hurt in to the story line as an additional doctor. Capaldi should be interesting for sure; he has a bit of a passing resemblance to Tom Baker which doesn't hurt either.

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@artimid: I really think someone like Dawn French, who's both a solid actor and not really sexy per-se (not to insult her or anything, but she's never been pitched like Billie Piper or Karen Gillan) might do the job. That would bypass any LOOK AT THOSE GAMS kind of comments which would change the focus on gender, instead of talent.

That having been said, I'm not a fan of the idea of a female Doctor any more than I like the idea of a male Romana, but I also know a really solid episode like "The Sun Makers" or "Robots Of Death" wouldn't have to change one bit if Tom Baker had been Lalla Ward. It's really on the writer to not screw it up, not the actor, so I'm sure it could be possible.

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Most people I know who like the show are really looking forward to the new Doctor. My favorite is still David Tennant though.

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@slydon: Okay, never knew her name, but on a Google search revealed her as the Vicar. :p I couldn't remember the name of the show, but I remember her. Yes, she is a great actress in what I have seen her as.

If we had a female Doctor, I feel she would have to be modeled, at least at first, on the 7th Doctor. Cold, calculating, and an asexual who doesn't give off the "Love me, please" vibe. At least the first one, the rest could be different.

As for my favorite Doctor and why I am slightly looking forward to the new one, David Tennant was an awesome Doctor who really grew on me. This guy, just from the first photos, looks like David Tennant's Doctor grown up. So I look forward to a more serious, slightly blood thirsty at times, devious at times Doctor. Smith couldn't pull that off. I am a bit burned out from the overly bad attempts at being zany. I think we need another serious Doctor, sort of like a mouth wash for the brain when it comes to the Who series.

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@hipbabybob: Have you ever even seen this show?

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Yes. I think it will be an interesting change of pace to have The Doctor be older. Matt Smith was a great Doctor. SInce he was younger he really nailed the "child like whimsicalness" that his version of the Doctor was supposed to be.

I hope Peter Capaldi will be more like Tennant, the wise heroic man, but still comical when needed.

I sort of hope they do some kind of crossover to explain why he was in Pompeii when it exploded. Maybe something where he uses the cameleon device to hide the fact that he is a Time Lord so that he could visit Donna indirectly.

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I think Capaldi's doctor will be fairly close to his role in The Hour - Mentorish, serious but willing to take a chance, but darkly and deeply flawed, furthering the trend of the more modern Doctors having their own personal battles alongside their external ones.

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My favorite "Actress for the Doctor" candidate that was talked about was Dame Judi Dench.

She's adorable, fantastic, and I've never seen her fail to absolutely NAIL any role she's been given. Of course, I was very aware that it was a longshot.

Capaldi's from the generation of Doctor Who actors and cast members who treat the series with the honor, respect, and love that only early introduction to the series can give. XD