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McGann Thinks Capaldi Could Be Best Doctor Yet

mcgann-capaldiRegardless of whether Paul McGann returns to the show again, the 8th Doctor actor has been heaping praise on Peter Capaldi believing he could be the best yet.

Speaking to Yahoo, McGann said: “I think he’s a brilliant choice. I honestly think, knowing Peter as I do, that he could well turn out to be the best of the lot. I really do.

“He’s got the combination of steel and comedy and intelligence that is the Doctor,” he explained. “He might just turn out to be a genius, a master stroke. Because we know how good he is. One thing that Capaldi does, and I know it might sound daft because there’s lots of clever actors, but not that many who can act highly intelligent – he can.”

He added: “He’s a super brain, Peter… he’s even won an Oscar as a director. He’s a brilliant man who can act brilliantly – he can also be funny, but he can be scary while he’s being funny and that might turn out to be the best combination of Doctor.”

“It’s good that they made that decision at this point in time. To get away from some young, handsome guy – bring a different gravitas to it. I have every hope for him that he’s going to be the best.”

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73 comments
JasonGaylor
JasonGaylor

He can't be the best. That will always be Tom Baker. But he can be one of the best. He could end up being the most proper representation of the character since Tom Baker at least.

DW_girl
DW_girl

If anyone is against Capaldi just because of his age then they are obviously not true fans, so Capaldi mustn't worry as he won't lose the true fans. :)

Terror_Tardis
Terror_Tardis

Peter Capaldi is my favourite Doctor.... What?

gwylock1
gwylock1

Peter Capaldi and Series 8 will decide my opinion on the entirety of new Who, as I've been teetering on the fence since 2008. If it's pants, then I will no longer consider New Who canon. I will go huddle in my cave with Big Finish audios, and Paul McGann will still be the current Doctor for me. However, I certainly hope that Series 8 lives up to my standards and delivers decent quality, engaging, and well-thought-out stories. Maybe that's too much to ask from the current managers, though. maybe there's no hope. Maybe I should just go to sleep.

Polyphase
Polyphase

Paul is truly a lovely man isn't he? Considering he never got much of a chance himself, The Night of the Doctor was one of those wonderful parts of the 50th

"The universe hangs by such a delicate thread of coincidences, it's useless to meddle with it. Unless, like me, you're a Time Lord." The 8th Doctor

JFrance
JFrance

I don't really have a favorite Doctor, I think they are all brilliant and Peter Capaldi is going to be a great addition to the line of brilliant Doctors.              

ClaraOswald
ClaraOswald

"Fans" who obsess about Peter Capaldi's age can't have been watching any of the classic episodes. My favourite Doctor is Matt Smith and I've watched episodes from all of the Doctors' eras, but that has nothing to do with his youth. So far no actor has failed to BE the Doctor, regardless of age, and Peter Capaldi will be no exception I'm sure.


I hope I will end up loving Capaldi. I WANT to love Capaldi. I was very upset when he was announced, but as time has passed, I'm slowly becoming more and more excited about our new Doctor. Bring on series 8!

NeutronFlow
NeutronFlow

Interesting that he should say that. 

Ironic too, given that he WAS one of those 'young, handsome guys', when he first played the role.





AztecsDaleksAndCavemen
AztecsDaleksAndCavemen

I think he'll definitely become my favourite of the revived series. I can just see it.

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

What are the odds of Moffat doing a 'of the Doctor' quadrilogy and calling Capaldi's first episode 'The Dawn of the Doctor'? 

The Wizard of Fez
The Wizard of Fez

Why does everyone think he'll be so good? He's the actor. He only does what he's told to do. And also, the only lines we've gotten from him are "Kidneys! I've got new kidneys!" and "Do you have any idea how to fly this thing?". All we know is he'll be a darker doctor, but that just means he'll be written darker. He is only the actor. Moffatt and the writers come up with all the ideas. They write everything. They gave Matt Smith a fez because they wanted to give him a fez, not because the 11th doctor wanted a fez. Moffatt controls everything

Antee991166
Antee991166

I'm really glad they went with an older actor. Tennant and Smith were great but I was worried that The Doctor's would remain young from now one which would get pretty boring. Although its too early to tell if Capaldi will be a great Doctor, he's definitely a great actor and if Moffat can keep up the quality of the "Doctor Trilogy", then Series 8 should be really good!

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

It  must be remembered that it isn't just the actor who makes the Doctor great. Capaldi needs writers who can identify his strengths and match them to the character beats of the Doctor. He also needs directors who can bring out strong performances from him (including keeping him from paths that don't bring out the best from him), set designs that don't distract the viewer's attention from him, and performances from other cast members that create a synergistic effect from good performances all round.

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

I completely agree with him, Capaldi will be amazing. Also I've recently met some so called fans that say 'He's to old'about Capaldi.

Livefyre us really a annoying on my phone...

Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things
Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things

It's certainly refreshing to have a completely new take on the Doctor. I love Matt, respect David and love Chris, but an older Doctor will be so cool and hearken back to the Classic era. 

Timhogan
Timhogan

I can not wait.  Each week I see Capaldi playing the Cardinal on Musketeer's and it reminds me how amazing of an actor he is.  I really agree with McGann here in that Capaldi definitely has the potential to be the greatest doctor we've had since Tom Baker. 

Huknar
Huknar

I completely agree with Paul. The moment I read Capaldi as a prediction for number Twelve I felt this, and wanted it to be true. It feels great to get an actor you actually want in the role.

Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh
Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh

I agree. As my first "new" Doctor (I only started watching the show live when series 7 started), this is probably the hardest thing I've ever had to wait for.

Also, off-topic here. I'm just surprised that McGanm has such a huge fan base in the Whoniverse, because he only had two legitimate on-screen appearances, and one was a British, Canadian, AND American film. I never knew the actor was this popular, because I always assumed the TV movie never got much appreciation from the fans. I think McGanm is a great actor and a huge fan of Doctor Who, and I hope we get to see him again!

Noybusiness
Noybusiness

What my Mom most missed about the Tenth Doctor was his ability to be convincingly intelligent and in command of the situation. She never got that from the Eleventh Doctor. So I think she'll like the Twelfth Doctor a lot more.

supermoff
supermoff

He will be brilliant, that's for sure, but every actor who has played the Doctor has been amazing in their own way, so it'll be a tall order for him to be the best, especially given his incredible predecessor. Matt Smith's Doctor will be very difficult to trump. 

Lord of Time
Lord of Time

Anyone else noticed an increase in Who-related McGann activity?

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

While I think that Capaldi will be great, and that choosing an older and more intimidating Doctor was the right move, in reality those people associated with the show will always say positive things, irrespective of who was chosen.


One disadvantage of picking a well known actor, us that he comes with high expectations, everyone assumes he will be brilliant, whereas with an unknown like Matt Smith, expectations were lower as people had less idea what to expect, and the pressure probably lower.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@NeutronFlow  It's like the optimum age, when men are at their sexiest, just happens to coincide with my current age whenever I am asked :-)

lddkennedy
lddkennedy

@Master Michael Moon  He won't be able to resist naming it around the number 12. It'll be something like "The Doctor's Dozen" or "Noon".

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

An actor does a lot more than recite lines and move from mark to mark. Eleven's oddball mannerisms and body language were all Matt's inventions. The way the actor recites lined is a collaboration between the actor, director and, to a lesser extent, the screenwriter.

KarenBee
KarenBee

Well put. I've liked all of the New Who doctors but not necessarily all of their Series. The interpretation has to fit the actor and the writer and director have to work to the actor's strengths. It seemed to me that Chris was never comfortable with goofy, so after a few missteps, that was toned down. Dsvid could veer towards OTT and overly theatrical and when directed well, this coukd be a strength: see the Waters of Mars and Midnight but when he was left to overemote, it was all too hammy. Matt similarly could go overboard with the handwavy zany and I found his interpretation hard to bear when the writers overcooked this aspect and left Matt to literally dial it up to 11.

The facts are that Peter is a highly experienced and award winning actor who has shown his versatility across comedy, drama, farce and costume/adventure. He is also a director and writer who is much admired. Mr Moffat will have an interpretation in mind. It is likely that such an experienced actor and Who devotee will have a fairly big say in how to realise the charcter. The rest relies on how well it is written and how well Peter is directed.

Expectations are high but there is always a lot of puffery by the production staff and others to hype up the new season so we'll only know when we see him in action. I am looking forward to it. I am certain I will like Peter and hope I will like his Series more than recent ones.

teddybowties
teddybowties

@RhonDOH  YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Each Doctor is the Doctor in their own right, nad each has fans who favour them, It's the people that won't accept/admit/acknowledge this and insist on being trolls that can ruin the show. I am so paranoid about that.;)





HisNameIsTheDoctor
HisNameIsTheDoctor

@RhonDOH  For me, it would go:


1) Eleven

2) Ten

3) Nine

4) War

5) Two

6) Four

7) Three

8) Eight

9) One

10) Seven

11) Six


Antee991166
Antee991166

@RhonDOH 1. Patrick Troughton

2. Tom Baker

3. Christopher Eccleston

4. Matt Smith

5. Peter Davison

6. Paul McGann

7. David Tennant

8. Sylvester McCoy

9. Jon Pertwee

10. Colin Baker

11. William Hartnell


I love them all though : )

Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd
Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd

@RhonDOH  for me 1.nine 2.Ten 3.Six 4.Four 5.one 6.eleven 7.five 8.war 9.two 10.three 11.eight 12.seven but really there isn't much difference between all of them after six and before seven (not that I hate the seventh Doctor is just that I like him the least) but in all fairness they are all good 

Amy is Hannibal
Amy is Hannibal

@RhonDOH  For me, it would go:

1) Nine & Eleven (tied)

2) War

3) Seven

4) Eight

5) Six

6) Four

7) Three

8) One


9) Two

10) Ten


11) Five



JasonGaylor
JasonGaylor

@Lord Pikachu @VictorWong1True. It's primarily about well-written stories, atmosphere, and strong characterization. The 1970's is seen as the peak and golden era of the show. When I pull out a "Doctor Who" DVD guess the decade of the story it usually is from?...yep, the 1970's. Those are the ones I can watch over and over.

DaftDalek
DaftDalek

@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @RhonDOH   I honestly can't understand how you make such lists. I can just put ten in number one, mainly because I have associated him with my childhood. I may also rate high 11 & 2, but other than that it's impossible for me to make a list like that!

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

I've yet to meet a person who dislikes every era of doctor who

Huknar
Huknar

@Notsosmartguy  If it works again, then I'd say this here is a bit key. David's Doctor was so wonderful (and his series was so consistant!) and I'd put a little bit of that down to his love for the show before getting the role. I don't think Eccleston and Smith were as good, they were great, but not as good and that might be, just a smidgen, down to the fact they were not devout fans of the show.


Notsosmartguy approves of female thor
Notsosmartguy approves of female thor

I honestly didn't like David as much as I'd hope ( I blame a certain section of the fan base rather than him and I disagreed with a lot of his development) but I have a lot of respect for him as an actor and his devotion to the show.