'Doctor Who' premiere: Whovians react

Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who. (Courtesy BBC)

Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who. (Courtesy BBC)

Julia Alexander, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:01 PM ET

Words like regeneration and extermination appearing on your Twitter feed can only mean one thing: Doctor Who is back.

On Saturday, the eighth season of the half century long science fiction program premiered, finally showcasing Peter Capaldi as the 12th doctor.

Capaldi, the man relieving Matt Smith from his genre duties, was met with a general chorus of subtle acceptance when his name was unveiled last August during a BBC special.

Although there were certainly some doubters, most people decided to give the actor a fighting chance to show off just how well he can wear a bow tie. Perhaps a pair of white weathered Converse?

Even in his Dracula-inspired costume, it seems Capaldi’s portrayal of the Doctor has won over the most anxious of the Whovian crowd.

 

Peter Capaldi returning Doctor Who to former glory

While there are a number of reasons why Capaldi’s interpretation of the Doctor was a hit, one of the biggest is Capaldi’s age.

Since showrunner and lead writer Steven Moffat rebooted the series in 2005, reintroducing a modern television audience to the series with the ninth Doctor played by Christopher Eccelston, all of the doctors have been young.

Brutish, charming, and “adorkable,” Doctors nine through eleven did an excellent job of roping in a younger audience while staying true to the tone of the original series.

The Tumblr communities jumped on board and suddenly Doctor Who was the biggest show in the world.

Between that and Sherlock, it was apparent the second British Invasion had occurred.

Capaldi, however, isn’t necessarily charming, or brutish, and is quite the opposite of “adorkable.” What he is, though, is a return to the original Doctors that started off the strange fandom in Britain.

Not as old as Geoffrey Bayldon, the first Doctor, but nowhere near as young as Smith, Capaldi is singlehandedly returning Doctor Who to its sci-fi origins.

It’ll be interesting to see in the next coming weeks whether the new Doctor flies with an audience just as obsessed with Smith’s hair or David Tennant’s (the tenth Doctor) witty one-liners.

For now, though, the internet is at a rare moment in time, when there are hardly any complaints and everyone seems to be at peace.

Let’s see how long this lasts, Whovians.

 


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