I’m fed up of Doctor Who. Have been for some time. Despite its wit and imagination and quirks, that central conceit repeated ad nauseum until the show eventually drove me away. Having only flittered in and out of the previous two, I have no real intention for sticking around for Season 8, stunt casting or no.
But, credit where it’s due, the more I hear of it, the more optimistic I grow.
Perhaps it’s the sense that the production team, nay the new Doctor himself has acknowledged how stale the show has become. Speaking to BBC, showrunner Steven Moffat said,
“We haven’t made much of change to Doctor Who since it came back in 2005. I just felt it needs to be a bit more different now. It’s needs to be surprising again!”
Elsewhere, speaking to EMPIRE, Peter Capaldi lamented the state of Doctor Who of late, promising change,
“It can become a kind of franchise where it’s not a real character at all, but just an amalgam of elements that people think are Doctor Who: a scarf, a bow tie… I wanted to be the actual Doctor Who.”
Allegedly, Capaldi’s Doctor will wholesale dump the flirty boyish nature that’s pervaded the character since David Tennant’s run. Instead, the Time Lord will return to his redemption seeking warrior roots with a vengeance. Think Christopher Eccleston’s turn, but with more venom.
So much is the character changed that current companion, Clara, played by Jenna Coleman, no longer feels safe in his company,
“With Matt’s Doctor [Clara] felt quite safe, really.She knew she’d be caught if she was in danger, but [Capaldi's Doctor] is a lot less human-friendly and a lot less patient. He’s more removed and inaccessible. You can’t quite access him in the same way.”
The latest season ofDoctor Whopremieres on August 23rd, 2014, with the first two episodes helmed by Ben ‘A Field in England’ Wheatley. Another promising sign.
I could yet be swayed.