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How Can Capaldi Win Over Previous Fans?

Guest Contributor Brayde Wikaira investigates.

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It’s the ultimate question. And as if people didn’t care for such things, yes Doctor Who community, there are still those that still don’t think they have a chance with Peter Capaldi. Whether it’s because he’s “too old”, or just “not hot” (“Hey, you didn’t say I was hot”- Let’s Kill Hitler), we don’t know. But before you rampage about how they aren’t really fans, they are. They were just fans of a particular era. And it’s not like it hasn’t happened before, David Tennant’s fans were all struck with horror, some still now. So by taking a lesson from yesteryear, I’m going to list some ways how the new Doctor can win the plight of fans of the previous. But first, let’s have a quick look at who those fans are in particular.

Fans of Matt Smith

Who are they? Thanks to the dynamic swift of acting, the Eleventh Doctor was able to appeal to most types of people. An older man stuck inside a young man’s body. He was able to run about, smile, have fun exploring the universe while at the same time, acting as if he was the oldest actor to play the Doctor. He was interested in the tiniest of things, he would just throw himself into action and wear unusual clothes while looking cool. Apart from the wide range of fans, if you were to chose a specific audience, it would definitely be the children’s category. Raise your hands if you’re in that category. No you don’t really need to, unless you don’t want a Sea Devil running about, then your fine. Back to the point, Matt Smith’s fans are colossal. All around the world, they love him and the show. So how is Mr Capaldi going to do it? How can he win these fans? Steer forward.

Personality Climax

Doctor-Who-The-Eleventh-Hour (15)What’s this mean, personality climax? For that, I tell you to watch or revise The Eleventh Hour. Perhaps the most common way of reintroducing the new Doctor is having the personality of the new one shine out at its highest point. After David left, fans were gutted. How did they fix this problem? Fish Fingers and Custard. After Chris left, a man in his jim-jams saved the world. Personality climax is when you show immediately who the next Doctor is, and what’s he going to be like for the rest of the series. For example, Colin Baker was going to be the madder and darker Doctor (though his clothes told a different story). They introduced this factor by making the Doctor somewhat freaky as he begins to strangle poor old Peri. Peter Capaldi could shine out his new personality on his opener episode. We don’t know what type of Time Lord this Doctor’s going to be, but guessing from the reports, a spike-punk rebel Lord of Time thing. The sort of old man that doesn’t want to be interrupted and is in no way going to be a sweet cheery man. But maybe we’re wrong, maybe he is the sweet loving grandfather we once dreamed about (Patrick Troughton-like?) We don’t know.

One Step at a Time

Doctor Who The Lodger PicsWe have a few classic examples of this. Now and then, as the episodes go by, that personality changes. Matt Smith did gradually change: from Series 5’s quirky and brilliant (The Lodger), Series 6’s darker and moodier (A Good Man Goes to War), to Series 7’s old aged grandfatherly figure (The Bells of Saint John). One step at a time could help bring out the new Doctor without really causing any pain. I can’t say Matt Smith’s era did this, out went David, in went a whole new programme change. With a new Doctor, new suit, new sonic, new companion, new TARDIS, new style, new theme, new writers, new directors; basically, a new show. But now it looks like Steven Moffat is being a bit more careful with this one, he’s slowly introduced the new TARDIS, carefully laid out the new companion, and introduced the new title sequence. This helps the fanbase get acquainted with the new Doctor in a nice comfortable environment. And having the effect of saving Clara for this Doctor, we now get to go on this journey not alone. We get to experience with Clara Oswald just how painful this procedure fits in. We see examples like Castrovalva and Robot, they slowly introduce the new Doctor. Maybe we get to see the 12th Doctor begin to set out on a journey to find who he is, what he is. David Tennant did this on his opener episode (“Am I coward? A liar? Sexy?”- Christmas Invasion)

Be The Doctor We Once Knew

day of the doctor batch b (14)Maybe he won’t do any of that. This is perhaps the most unrealistic option, but may, to our fears, end up happening. And to our fears, may even work. But being the Doctor we once knew would tear the fandom into gangs. Big, scary gangs. If the BBC aren’t careful, and try something like turn Capaldi into Smith, there are going to be consequences. And if it works, possibilities. Sometimes, writers get fearful of change, or disappointment to fans, and start dishing out what the public want. If people cry too much about Matt Smith, if children start getting upset, what is that going to do to the writers? Turn him into Matt Smith? On the positive side, this did kinda happened before. Not largely, but just a small nod.

Can you tell the difference between the 10th Doctor and the 11th Doctor? They are quite similar. Well yes and no. Not comparable to Russell T Davies’ version of the 10th Doctor, but Steven Moffat’s version of the 10th Doctor. Say, The Girl in the Fireplace 10th Doctor. There seems to be a sort of comparable state of words and dialogue, and problems. But the great thing about it is that it’s all about how the actor delivers the line. Think about the audition scripts for the 12th Doctor, they were easily said in Matt Smith’s voice. Imagine hearing that from Peter Capaldi’s voice. Even if Peter Capaldi took on Matt Smith, I guess there is a huge 50/50 chance. He either gets it, or he doesn’t. It’s like recasting James Bond. Since the new actors have to be the previous Bond. Even with The Hulk, Superman, and Spiderman. Some actors can replace and reunite the spark.

Conclusion

And here we are, as always. The happy ending. The thing about change is that something good always comes out of it. With every choice, there are advantages. No matter which way they go, no matter which option they take, it’s still the same show we came to love. One thing is this: I, if not already, encourage all fans of Doctor Who – whether they are fans of Matt Smith, David Tennant, or Jon Pertwee – to give Peter Capaldi a chance. Watch the first episode, laugh at Strax’s jokes, and show emotion to Clara as she embarks on this journey. As for all die hard Matt Smith’s fans out there, there is a special moment for you. Because this new Doctor is going to need all the help he can get, don’t get angry at him. Taking on this role is huge, it has a 50 year heritage. Peter Capaldi would be more than pressured, so make him feel comfortable. He is a fan of the show, just like how we are. So we should all feel proud to see one of our own take on the Daleks, swift his gleaming red Crombie coat, kick a Cyberman on the head, pick up a baseball bat and swing it into the air. This is the year of the Capaldi. The 50th may be gone, but something about this year makes me look forward even more to this new Doctor. Oh, sorry, Doctor Who?

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ClaireAbraham
ClaireAbraham

If he behaves like an adult, I will consider him an improvement.  Capaldi's a first class actor and I am looking forward to seeing what happens.

VortexDan
VortexDan

The question is not whether Capaldi can win people over, it's if Moffat can stop hemorrhaging fans at the rate he is. Or whether the BBC realizes how bad Moffat is at writing and replaces him

MadeinScotland
MadeinScotland

As a child, Pertwee was my Doctor. I remember thinking that he could never be replaced, watching the regeneration and thinking it was over. Two weeks into the Ark in Space I was mesmerised with Baker and couldn't imagine anyone else as the Doctor. Plus ça change...

DW_girl
DW_girl

I have faith in Capaldi. I love Ten and Eleven, but I'm not afraid of change.

lpynchy
lpynchy

How can he...? Uh, he doesn't need to.  The man is a walking gem be it as an actor, a director or as a whovian. The little snippets of mischief and evil you get from him on the Musketeers should make any one even more eager... 



gunslinger19
gunslinger19

as great as they are, Smith and Moffatt cannot carry this show for 50 years. change is and always has been in the nature of the show. this era hasnt really ended in Time as the showrunner, companion, characters, tardis, probably theme tune are all the same. even the writers are generally the same. and thats fine, some changes should be big, some small. but as long as thereis change the show will be fine. when people say that the fans who will leave because capaldi is too old arent fans it kind of annoys me. i wanted an older doctor, i got what i want. but the case for a younger doctor is still a strong one that i can understand. if we had an unattractive/old female companion i imagine it would be quite a shock and im not sure if i would like it, i know this is shallow of me but i think its the truth. but i am still a fan. i love and want whats best for the show. just because there have been old doctors in the past doesnt mean that an older doctor is necessarily right for new who. im ecstatic that we have an older doctor, i was actually really worried that we might not get an older doctor i think Capaldi is perfectly cast and, at the risk of being wrong, i think he will probably be my favorite incarnation given my love for Moffatt and Malcolm Tucker and his character in musketeers and john Frobisher. so i hope that we all do give him a chance. how boring wuld it get if we had another 20-45 year old for the next few years? its been done! let the show evolve. but rest assured that the future is in the safest hands possible :)

Seekles
Seekles

He doesn't need to do anything whatsoever. The very small number of "fans" that will leave as a result of Matt regenerating will be quickly replaced with a whole new generation of kids that will equal far more than those who have left. Another pointless article. This site is great for news, but these articles generally leave a lot to be desired.




NewWho2012
NewWho2012

I'm willing to try Peter Capaldi considering I've been through this change three times now. I've got a more positive aspect because Matt Smith didn't appeal to me as the Doctor than David Tennant did as the prime moments of my childhood were him as the Doctor and changing to Matt Smith and a 'new' show was difficult. My friend is frustrated with PC being the Doctor as he always bragged when Matt Smith was the Doctor still in my 'getting over DT' days and so hopefully I will persuade him to give him a try and my love for the show is too much for me to completely stop watching just because the Doctor has changed as good as they may have been before.

James ONeill
James ONeill

The whole point is, at the core, the Doctor remains the same entity! ( I say entity rather than same man , due to the obvious push to eventually having a sex change!).

The essence of being is retained, its' expression changes!

Stott
Stott

He'll win them over the same as every other actor to play the part, by playing the part. Viewers who can't let go and accept the new guy after a regeneration aren't really getting one of the key traits of the show.

floppy_who
floppy_who

Good to see Tom Baker getting a lot of support in this thread. I'm still trying to come to terms with him giving up the part 33 years ago....

MJJ
MJJ

Far too much overthinking in this article for my tastes. Either people will like Capaldi or not. That's what happened to every new Doctor. That's what will happen this time. 

JFrance
JFrance

Peter Capaldi is going to be fine, loads of people already like him. Its only small percentage of fans that say he is too old or he is not hot but when the first episode airs half of those fans will start to like him. So I think he is going fine.

Who is the Doctor
Who is the Doctor

Everyone is going to have his or her expectations of how Peter should be as the Doctor. We are all going to be pleased in some ways, unhappy in others, let's just hope that we can end up smiling at the end of it. My guess, I think I am going to be very happy with what I am going to see. I am just hoping that Clara isn't too shaken up the experience.

ilyootha is in the Divergent Universe
ilyootha is in the Divergent Universe

Most people are excited about Capaldi, but you can see an occasional fan saying that they can’t see him as the Doctor and believing that casting an older Capaldi was a mistake. I’m not bothered by such fans and whether they will be able to adapt to Capaldi or not, to be honest. As far as I can see, most fans (myself included), as much as they miss Smith, are really happy with casting Capaldi and are looking forward to his run. So if some people stop watching, it shouldn’t be a problem, just like it wasn’t, for example, when Tenant left and so did many fans.



Seaborn W Deadman
Seaborn W Deadman

I'm really going to Miss Eleven's sweetness. He definitely was a very "sweet, cheery man." But at the same time I'm very excited for Capaldi. Bring on the fire and ice and rage! I still hope he has a few moments of warmth and amusing quirkiness though. If he doesn't, he isn't really the Doctor. Even sneering Six had those moments where the goodness inside really shone through and he showed kindness and made us feel all warm and fuzzy, or acted odd and goofy and it made us laugh :) That's just part of the Doctor, to me, and I'm confident that even if Capaldi is a snarling beast, he'll still have those fun little moments :)

11th Doctors Purple Coat
11th Doctors Purple Coat

I'm a Smith fan. He doesn't need to do anything to win me over but be Capaldi. He's just that awesome.


SouffleBoy
SouffleBoy

When I went to see The Day Of The Doctor in the cinema, the whole audience cheered at Capaldi's eyebrows. I think he may have won people over already. :')


Huknar
Huknar

"and introduced the new title sequence. " I refuse to believe it! Capaldi does NOT deserve that mess of an opening and I hope to any god, any divine force out there to grace us with something more fitting, something that does taint the first impressions of viewers itself!





The 11th Doctor
The 11th Doctor

How will he win fans over?

That's easy!

Give haters his Capaldi glare! :D

PrerogativeOfATimeLord
PrerogativeOfATimeLord

Capaldi can do it.


If he can make a monster like Malcolm Tucker not only sympathetic, but likeable, he can do anything. I have full faith in him.

Polyphase
Polyphase

I know what you mean, I never quite got over Tom leaving :(

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

The first thought that immediately came to mind was the image of Capaldi, in a nightshirt, trying to ride a horse.  Yes, he's got that intense-eyed expression, but something tells me there'll be room for comedy in his portrayal of the Doctor, albeit of a different flavour that what we had with Matt.


The Finn
The Finn

I think the (pretty much) perfect way to do the transition is what they did with the transition from One to Two: have some similarities, but also "reinvent" the character.

MrRazza, Taking Supplementary Identifying Courses
MrRazza, Taking Supplementary Identifying Courses

Capaldi should be fantastic, and I think the group of fans who say he is "too old" or "not sexy" is over-represented on the internet and consequently has its size overestimated. 

What does Capaldi need to do? He just needs to play it naturally and fit into the role himself, he's a fantastic actor with a brilliant presence and manner, and I think he will be one of the greatest.


Antee991166
Antee991166

I'm going to push many of friends, who stopped watching when Tennant left, to give Capaldi a try. There have been 11 changes to the lead actor, and every single time the show has been fine and I'm sure this time will be no different.

Americanwhovian
Americanwhovian

No matter how much I love capaldi he will never be better than MS for me

Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh
Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh

It will be hard letting go of my first Doctor, but I'm really looking forward to Capaldi. By the way, has anyone seen photos of 12 with 11's screwdriver? I'm wondering if he'll get a new one as well. Part of me is hoping so.

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

@DW_girl  We have no choice. But let's be honest, I don't think they have ever regretted choosing someone who doesn't quite fit the role of the Doctor, well, maybe McCoy...

NewWho2012
NewWho2012

@Huknar As much as I'm not accustomed to the constantly changing titles and music thanks to Moffat I really don't hope he changes them again because they've wasted money otherwise. Ok new one in Series 5 lasted about two series until they messed it up for the first half of Series 7, Moffat not daring to reuse the exact same titles from last year AGAIN! Russell T Davies didn't change his at all in his run and they were always brilliant and lasted nearly 5 years and have remained my favourite title sequence, until the theme tune was changed for Series 4 but that was the BBC's choice not RTD.

shyx111
shyx111

I like the new opening :\

Special Weapons Dalek
Special Weapons Dalek

@Huknar  Were probably going to get the Dark toned blue one.. probably like the Fiveish who Doctors title sequence..  I just wan't a GOOD one ughh..

Polyphase
Polyphase

@BadWolf2 Well that fits, Both David and Matt looked very clumsy when pretending to ride a horse :)

Polyphase
Polyphase

@VictorWong1 I think his range of facial expressions and depth of acting skill will be what endears him all of us the most :)

 Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!!
Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!!

I never got why ten ant was so popular. I'm not saying he's bad or anything I just don't why people consider him the best doctor. If I'm honest I was unimpressed by his doctor.

shyx111
shyx111

@Antee991166 You should push them to give Matt a second try before, actually... there's time to catch up his Series before Series 8 starts.

Seaborn W Deadman
Seaborn W Deadman

I know what you mean. I'm sure I'll love Capaldi, and I have loved all the others as well, but Matt will always be MY Doctor :)


VictorWong1
VictorWong1

If we haven't seen it yet in outdoor shooting, it's a good sign. One of the great criticisms of the Matt Smith era was overuse of the sonic; here's hoping with Capaldi that they've dialed it back.

CallumRevilles
CallumRevilles

@DW_girl @Master Michael Moon McCoy's Machiavellian Doctor is widley regarded, alongside Pertwee and T.Baker as one of the better classic Doctors, Colin Baker had some bad writing and costuming which lead to a drop in his popularity, but personally I loved 6.