Dr. Capaldi

Mon 5 Aug 2013 - Filed under: Not a Journal. | 2 Comments | Posted by: Gavin

Hey, I am a huge fan of The Thick of It, but come on, this is getting ridiculous. I thought last time the Doctor Who writers picked a new actor (er, regenerated) they’d be on the side of the rest of the world, you know, not just white guys from England and Scotland. My mistake. Instead they chose 28-year-old Matt Smith. Huh, we all said.

Surely, the world thought, next time they will go with someone who is not a young white guy.

Well, they picked Peter Capaldi of Local Hero and The Thick of It. A brilliant actor and who can blame him for taking the gig? And, note, he is almost twice Matt Smith’s age! Is that not . . . different! Ta da!

Er, no. Why did they not pick a woman and/or someone who is not white?

For a TV show that’s been running 50 years, this is getting beyond silly and into embarrassing. (Conspiracy theorists note: the next actor will be the Unlucky 13th Doctor. Ooh. Maybe they will pick me only to kill me off in my first episode?)

The Doctor—hey, I know someone will correct me if I’m wrong—is an alien with two hearts who comes from somewhere rather far away and who gets to Time Lord it all up and down the timestream. Yet, somehow, so far he can only be played by (sorry, “regenerate into”) yet another white guy?

Some alien. Blah, blah, blah.

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2 Responses to “Dr. Capaldi”

  1. Petro Gulak on August 5th, 2013 7:12 pm

    “Why did they not pick a woman and/or someone who is not white?”
    Because Hamlet is not a woman. Because Prospero is not a woman. Because Sherlock is not a woman.
    Yes, I know, Sarah Bernhardt played Hamlet, and Helen Mirren played Prospero, there was even female Scrooge, and I bet there was Miss Holmes, but it was never *true* vision. A Time Lord can regenerate into a Time Lady, laws of his universe don’t forbid it. But Doctor *is* a man (and, yes, white), just like Hamlet or Holmes. Because it’s how they were created. It’s how they became the part of the culture.
    Why weren’t Sherlock and John gays? Why didn’t Jane Eyre married Elizabeth Bennet? Because they didn’t, simply as that.

  2. Gavin on August 6th, 2013 9:10 am

    Ah, we differ on opinions here. I’d say that someone who can regenerate into a new body doesn’t have to have a fixed gender, you would disagree, then we go off and have a pot of tea or a beer and speak of other things.

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