Fans of classic, Pre-2005 Doctor Who will be delighted to hear that the newest Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, will be more reminiscent of the old, classic Doctors than his immediate predecessors Smith and Tennant.
There has been a sort of rivalry over the past nine years between fans of the original Doctor Who run and the NuWho viewers; regarding the radical changes made to the characters and the series in general since the 2005 revival. People who grew up with Pertwee or Baker or Davison complained that the new show didnât âfeelâ like Classic âWhoâ. Those older fans have been told to âdeal with itâ for almost a decade, but now those longtime, loyal viewers may have a reprieve coming.
According to several sources, the newest Doctorâwho will be played by the talented Peter Capaldiâwill have a retro feel, harkening back to the âGothic Horrorâ era of the show when Tom Baker charmed the world with his unforgettable interpretation of the Doctor. Calpaldi will play a more "dangerous and difficultâ version of the Doctor than weâve seen from Matt Smith and David Tennant.
Executive Producer/Show runner Steven Moffat said in Doctor Who Monthly, âThere would be little point in making as radical a change as weâve made unless youâre going to go quite different with the Doctor. The last two Doctors have been brilliant, and have been your âgood boyfriendâ Doctors. But the Doctor isnât always like that. There is the sort of Tom Baker, Christopher Eccleston end of the spectrum, where he is mad and dangerous and difficult.â
Director Ben Wheatley, who works with Capaldi this season on the show, talks about bringing the Baker-esque gothic horror back to the program; âOh yeah, Doctor Who is pretty dark, I think. Generally it's dark, it's always been dark. If you look at the Tom Baker stuff, it's especially dark. When he leaves Leela , who's a very beloved assistant, he just laughs after it. There's none of the breaking down and crying. He just laughs, and âon to the next oneâ, you know.â Wheatley adds, âIt 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.â
Moffat further adds, ââI think it was time for the show to flip around a bit. The new version of the show is quite old now. Itâs very oldâŚ We need the kick-up-the-arse Doctor, in a way, to frighten you and make you think, oh, itâs a different show again.â
Do you like the idea of Capaldiâs Doctor being classic series retro, or do you prefer the âgood boyfriendâ (as Moffat called them) Doctors?