“New kidneys…I don’t like the color!”
Season 8 of the revived Doctor Who series is now 9 episodes old, and the new Doc has had some time to grow on us. Since his sorta-reveal in the special The Day of the Doctor, I have been eagerly anticipating his arrival.
Besides being sexually attracted to his mad eyebrow game, I really wanted to see what kind of Doctor he would be. Even in the promo pic above (not mine, btw), I could see he would be a lot darker, a lot scarier of a Doctor. And since Smith’s Doctor was downright childish (in the best way, I freaking love him), I thought it would be a hit-or-miss with the fans.
“Where we going?”
Well, I’ve seen all 9 episodes with him so far and I love him. He really brings a whole new perspective to the Doctor. I’ve noticed that this season itself is far darker, with people dying a lot more frequently and a lot more horrifically. And 12 has a very pragmatic attitude about it. He doesn’t mourn or get angry; he very calmly continues his plan. The death scene in episode 6, The Caretaker, where one gentleman is completely scorched, his hand falling in front of the viewer, well-done and smoking really exemplifies my point. I cannot fathom that happening with 11, or 10. That’s not to say there weren’t bad times, but nothing that graphic. (I’m talking graphic for Doctor Who. I also watch The Walking Dead, and this is nothing. Remember the trough?)
Capaldi isn’t the first dark Doctor we’ve gotten in the revival series. Good old one-season-Eccleston’s 9th Doctor was very dark, and very war-torn. From his perspective, he had just wiped out his own race and the Daleks. But what Capaldi has that Eccleston didn’t is age. He has the look of someone who would get to the point and not care about feelings. During Mummy on the Orient Express, people were seeing that creature and what did 12 do? He told them to keep it together and describe it. No comfort, no condolence. And frankly, that’s what I love about it. It’s like Doctor Who has gone from this goof-ball show to a far more sinister series. Now, I don’t mean that either way is bad. 9, 10, and 11 were–
–but 12 is a welcome change. There’s just a new, darker feel to the whole thing, and I welcome it.
“You were an exceptional Doctor! Goodness…had nothing to do with it.”
On a related topic…Clara. I had the gripe for the longest time that she wasn’t very well fleshed out in terms of character. (Cut me some slack, I’m still hurting over Amy and Rory.) But it hasn’t even been 10 episodes and Clara already feels so much more real. At the end of Kill the Moon, when she told the Doctor off…well…that was the realist shit I’ve ever seen from a companion since–in my opinion–Martha leaving. (I’m a huge Martha fan, so don’t even go there.) In recap, she effectively says that if the Doctor comes to Earth, and breaths our air, then he has just as big a responsibility to take care of it and make the decision about the fate of the moon as much any human.
That’s not to say Smith (or any other Doctor) didn’t have his hard-hitting scenes (remember the Living Flesh arc?). But there’s something about 12’s series that’s way darker. From his TARDIS to his attack eyebrows, the entire show has gone in realer, more sinister direction. And I can’t wait to see the rest.
Disclaimer: I have not seen the old Doctor Who series. GIFs come from various sources, none of them are mine. The promo pic is property of the BBC. All rights of the images to their respective owners.