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Gatiss: Capaldi Changes Everything, Brings New Rules

capaldi-space-bgDoctor Who writer Mark Gatiss has promised that Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will change everything and that he brings “a whole new set of rules”.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Gatiss said: “The Doctor’s always the Doctor – but you can have a lot of fun playing with people’s expectations

“Everyone knows how the previous Doctor would react in any given situation – and now you just don’t know!”

He adds: “Peter has a very different energy to Matt Smith and to David Tennant. He’s older which changes everything – it’s amazing what a change does!”

“Matt was sublime and I was very sorry to see him go, but it’s also great to have a change – as it has always been with the Doctor.”

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RubyCosmos
RubyCosmos

I enjoy both Classic and New series, though both have exceptions -- you can't run a show that long and not have the occasional not-so-awesome or even downright bad story once in a while. I love Classic but it did suffer a bit pacing-wise, which is a big part of the reason I think some New fans have a hard time warming to it. New has the pacing and the budget, but it's a bit like the little girl with the curl -- when it's good, it's very very good, but when it's bad ... well, again, it happens. Capaldi has such a diverse CV that he'll be able to handle whatever they throw at him, and he has a hell of a connection to and love for the show as a whole. With the cast and crew, I'm hoping for the best of both worlds: Classic story and mood with New pacing and effects. Fingers crossed.




Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown

The fact that the Eleventh Doctor's reactions became predictable in Series 7 is part of why it wasn't as good, guys...the Doctor should always be *somewhat* unpredictable - compare Matt Smith's performance in Series 5 and 6 to that of Series 7 and you'll see what I mean. 

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

“Matt was sublime and I was very sorry to see him go, but it’s also great to have a change – as it has always been with the Doctor.”

A perfect way of putting it., this is exactly how I feel about this year's series.



eddie1611
eddie1611

Series 8 will be the revived series of the revived series. Series 7 wasn't as up to my expectations as Doctor Who normally is because it was a bit silly at times. This series will hopefully be more serious and I want to be scared again (not necessarily by the enemies)!   

JailBanksters
JailBanksters

Just hope it doesn't go down the creepy track

VangelicaHarp
VangelicaHarp

I have watched Peter in a few tv shows and movies, he has quite a bit of energy (nervous) when he's on talk shows. He is also very talented! I give him being the Doctor 2 thumbs up!!

Mr 11
Mr 11

I can't wait to see Capaldi in the role. I'd like him to be different form Matt which is pretty certain but I want him to be really unlike anything we've seen before. Then again he is the same man as those who came before so I'd like there to a dash of Pertwee too!

Doctor What and Where
Doctor What and Where

The worst thing about this comment is, that Mark Gatiss will probably return for DW. Which, considering he hasn't written one good episode since 2005's first series, its very, very bad.

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

Wow. First Moff, now Gatiss confirming how great Peter is in the role. As if we thought he would be anything other than spectacular.

Looks like we are getting two all time great doctors in a row. The golden age of Who which began in 2010 when Matt first boarded the TARDIS continues. Welcome aboard Peter and long may we journey with you with Moff at the helm.

Americanwhovian
Americanwhovian

Every doctor needs a funny childish side no matter how old or serious

bugeye58
bugeye58

Living in the States, Jon Pertwee was the first Doctor I saw, I have since seen them all and in no way that I think Capaldi is too old. I'm certain that reaction is only from viewers who only started watching from the revival. Those of us that go back a few years remember the cry that Peter Davison was too young to play the Doctor.

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose, I guess.

Strontium
Strontium

So is rule 1 no longer 'The Doctor lies' then? :o

BJAMES
BJAMES

I usually try to stay clear of the hype machine, but I must admit, I am getting increasingly excited about what Capaldi is going to bring, and what is to come.

AztecsDaleksAndCavemen
AztecsDaleksAndCavemen

I can see him being the best since the revival. While it's not always the case that experience gets you a performance, it can't be denied that it'll help.

supermoff
supermoff

He should be great, given good scripts.

Gustaff
Gustaff

I'd kill for a minisode or something. Just soemthign Doctor Who small. Something to ease me over until August. This is one of the things that really suck when a new Doctor comes alone. Minisodes between seasons disappear because nothing can be allowed to spoil the debut of the new Doctor. 


Gotta take the bad with the good I suppose, but still...minisode...minisode...minisode (echoes into the distance)

BigDaddyAW19
BigDaddyAW19

Oh gee, that's like...every Doctor ever.

The Finn
The Finn

Well, of course he's different, he's not Matt Smith :P

eddie1611
eddie1611

All those people who say Peter Capaldi is too old to be the Doctor are idiots, you can not be too old to play a man who can change his face, they are just not true fans. Peter Capaldi will be amazing as the Doctor and I think he could be one of the greats. It will be a very big change from 10 and 11, but probably quite similar to 9.

teddybowties
teddybowties

@ivegotkidneys  oh god you cracked it. you totally figured out who Moffat based most of Clara off of. GOOD JOB AWESOMESAUCE.;))))) I never saw BTF 3, totally forgot it existed, or I would have totally been there right along you. oh my.







Maryanne123
Maryanne123

You are right. He hasn't written one good episode since 2005, he has written four great episodes since 2005 and one outstanding one!

gwylock1
gwylock1

@Doctor What and Where  His quality has been varied to say the least, but I think Cold War was actually a decent episode, perhaps the most solid of Series 7- despite the weird ending.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

I used to agree with that, but I thought that both of his series 7 episodes were brilliant, not to mention An Adventure in Space and Time. If he can keep up that level of writing, then I'll gladly welcome him back for the coming season.

youshallnotpass
youshallnotpass

@Doctor What and Where many people enjoy his episodes, they are divisive indeed but you can't say he's a bad writer, he's good and probably the next showrunner (although i hope it's not him)

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

In all fairness though, Moffat and Gatiss are hardly going to say how horrible he is and how he's the worst Doctor ever are they? Terrible publicity.

TheBiPunishment
TheBiPunishment

Before Matt it was "Don't wonder off", so it could be so.

Adric the Genius
Adric the Genius

@FMOB11 I think a few similarities with Six and nothing else will be fine.  Other than that he should be his own interpretation of the character.

andyot7777
andyot7777

@FMOB11  I'm hoping for something 12-esque, because while I don't mind similarities or bits of other Doctors being shown in him, I want him to be his own character not Nine 2.0

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

David Tennant's first full outing was a minisode. The first minisode.

Adric the Genius
Adric the Genius

@Gustaff Even a minisode with the Paternoster Gang would be better with nothing.  The debut of the Doctor is still not spoilt in this way.

Antee991166
Antee991166

@eddie1611 I think its understandable that fans who haven't seen the Classic Doctors would be a little worried about the age change. One of my friends thought the old Doctors were just grumpy and he was seriously surprised how fun they could be. But I agree that people who are just outright dismissing him are ridiculous.

Doctor What and Where
Doctor What and Where

@Deus_Ex_Machina An Adventure in Space and Time (shouldn't it have been titled ... in Time and Space? Thats how Ian said it in that legendary first episode) is solid, even if it kinda loses its way once it anachronistically exits Verity Lambert quite earlier than she actually did, but nevertheless, has lots of emotion and character for the actors to play.


And honestly I forgot he wrote Cold War. It was OK, I guess, but it could've been better at the end. Crimson Horror... ugh, lets not speak of it again.

Doctor What and Where
Doctor What and Where

@youshallnotpass He's a bad DW writer (though not a bad writer, per se). His last episode, which was also Matt Smith's last regular episode (since the next three stories were, more or less, special), was rather disappointing and aggravating. I just don't think he captures the essence of adventure about him at all, and he definitely cannot write interesting villains for the Doctor.

And if he's the next showrunner... Oh, boy.

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

Peter is a known quantity with a history of Doctor Who fandom in his past, so he was never not going to be pretty good at least. I think both Moffat and Gatiss are genuinely thrilled that they actually have Peter on set and it must have been absolutely exciting to see him become the doctor before their eyes when he wrapped his first episodes. I can see why they would want to share their thrill and reassure anyone who might doubt that Matt's successor will be just as stellar as he was.

Who is the Doctor
Who is the Doctor

@Antee991166 @eddie1611  I started watching Doctor Who in 2010 with Matt Smith and was hooked.  But I gave the Classics a chance.  And I loved how Tom Baker and the others played the Doctor.  Each gave the Doctor a different flavor, some had wit, some had charm, some had grumpy, but each had their own way of bringing the Doctor to life.  With Capaldi, we are going to see a styles of different Doctors, each of us are going to see something that is going to remind us of a Doctor of the past.  That is the fun of being a Doctor Who fan. 





Gustaff
Gustaff

@Antee991166 @eddie1611 I think it comes down to fans wanting the leading man and woman to be attractive. Easy on the eyes and what not. I'm not one of those fans who particularly cares about the people, it's the storyline that decides whether I watch or not.

In choosing Capaldi, the BBC are taking a risk I think. Until the end of Series 8, they won't know just how many of their audiences tune in to Doctor Who purely for the entertainment and not just for the fanservice. This is something that can't be disputed, because there are millions of people who watch for the looks.

eddie1611
eddie1611

@Antee991166 I suppose, as 9, 10 and 11 were portrayed by fairly young actors but I think that if you haven't seen at least 1 classic episode you're not a true fan.

loopeedeedo
loopeedeedo

Love of ALL that Doctor Who is, was, and could be, is what Gatiss has. Not every ep he wrote is my fav, but he brings some of the old Who feel, which I feel some writers lack. Him or Toby Whathouse ( on purpose ) as show runner... Think you know my pick.

AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

@Antee991166 @Gustaff@eddie1611As far as the Doctor is still a mad renegade two-hearted Time Lord from planet Gallifrey travelling through space and time in a bigger-on-the-inside blue police box, assisted by any possible kind of companions, either human, alien or robot... Yes, all the rest can safely change in any direction and this is the good thing in Doctor Who!

AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

@Gustaff @Antee991166@eddie1611I totally agree with you, Gustaff. Every new Doctor is a challenge and I love that. I love to see the Doctor change... I love him grumpy and happy, theatrical or flippant, imposing or easy, young or old, human or quirky, technological or athletic... For god's sake, I love every single Doctor just because he's the Doctor! XD

KingOfTheInterWebs has Kidneys
KingOfTheInterWebs has Kidneys

@Gustaff @Antee991166@eddie1611 I have never been one for change. It always irritates me that absolutely everything has to change completely in the end. In fact when I was a kid I got so annoyed with it I personified it and called it my mortal enemy. Doctor Who is brilliant in that the characters may change but the core stays obviously the same unlike most things and once again unlike most things the makers of the show understand the need to respect the future, present, past and what could've happened or what might soon happen in equal proportion. I knew someone who stopped watching Doctor Who after Tennant left and only watched when there was a special and would always complain about Matt Smith or the writing and so forth. Then one day they thought they might sit down and just for a bit of fun watch series 5 and loved it to bits. I sighed at how dismissive they were of anything beyond The End of Time because of the lack of David Tennant and how close they were to missing out until that day.

Gustaff
Gustaff

@Antee991166 @Gustaff@eddie1611I'm also somewhat allergic to change, but to quit watching something over something as silly as a character change is very funny to me. There are worse things in life to be upset about. If DW has survived 50 years on this one thing, then it should be no worries that they'll choose a competent replacement. People are strange.

Gustaff
Gustaff

@Planet of the Deaf @Gustaff@Antee991166@eddie1611I agree. I didn't know Matt either when he was chosen, but I really couldn't care less. By that time, I've seen almost all the regenerations, so it was no biggie again. It's tv program, not a religion. People over-analyse things way too much. New actor. So what. Wait and see.

Antee991166
Antee991166

@Gustaff @Antee991166@eddie1611 Some people are really hostile to change. Some people hate how they kill characters off in shows like Game of Thrones, but for me that is one of the best things about those shows. Doctor Who is a show about change and that is how it has stayed alive for 50 years.

Gustaff
Gustaff

@Antee991166 @Gustaff@eddie1611I just don't understand that. I mean it. I don't understand the logic behind those kinds of decisions. If that makes me thick, then I don't mind. That's like stop watching Law and order after a character shift or any flexible format show.


I'm one of those people that just enjoys anything, as long as I can relate in some way. I don't care what happens, I just need more. I've never seen Capaldi in anything, but I don't care. Changing leads on Doctor Who is like changing socks. No big deal.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@Antee991166 @Gustaff@eddie1611 When a new Doctor comes along some people will stop watching, but equally some people will start (re)watching, so unless you make a disastrous choice, things should balance themselves out

Antee991166
Antee991166

@Gustaff @Antee991166@eddie1611 I think a large part of it is people simply struggling to get used to the concept of a new Doctor. Many people I know stopped watching Doctor Who when Tennant left, but most of them have since started watching again.

loopeedeedo
loopeedeedo

Some of the stories were edited down to fit into a movie/rerun/special time. Maybe try some of those.

eddie1611
eddie1611

 I did that as well, after series 3 or 4 I watched An Unearthly Child and then I got in to the classics and watched Earthshock and Spearhead from Space and Pyramids of Mars, etc. 


Strontium
Strontium

@eddie1611 No that's not fair. Just because you haven't seen one doesn't make you any less of a fan at all.

TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

@eddie1611 I disagree with that. I hate this idea of what is a 'true fan' and what isn't. It's like you need to qualify to become a fan or something. People can enjoy the show and I don't think it's any of our business what they have and haven't watched. For some people, classic who just isn't their cup of tea, and that's fine. It doesn't make them less of a fan; if they love DW, it doesn't matter how much they've seen. 

PotatoMidget23
PotatoMidget23

@Antee991166 @eddie1611  Maybe it's because I'm that guy whose always watching the 1960's Twilight Zone marathons every New Years Eve, but I feel that the cheesy special effects leaves room for the audience to enjoy the brilliant acting and writing. 

Kiler1995
Kiler1995

@Antee991166 I'm one of those fans. I got into Doctor Who about a year ago and have watched everything since the 2005 reboot. I really want to watch the Classics, but I just can't bare it. I've watched several episodes of William Hartnell, Colin Baker and then a few episodes of some of the others. The stories are good but they've told at such a slow pace. The music and special effects doesn't really help either. Again, I want to watch it, but I don't find it engaging at all.

Gustaff
Gustaff

@Antee991166 @eddie1611 I've noticed that I'm like that too. I prefer the stories which featured human villains or one of the Big Six of Doctor Who, but I mostly try to watch it as someone native to the era in which the episode was broadcast

Antee991166
Antee991166

@eddie1611 @Antee991166 I think most modern Doctor Who fans who truly love the show, could get into the Classics, but I think many are put off by the poor special effects and slow storylines. I started watching in 2005, but as soon as the first series was finished I watched some of the classics: either Ark in Space or Robots of Death were my first and I loved them!