Our mission statement for this website was to steer clear of the new post-2005 series of Doctor Who. After all, we geared this whole site around the classic years of the show and other sites have the new stuff covered, much better.
Anyway, we have noticed more and more traffic coming to this site under the search term “Old Doctor Who”. No great shakes you might think but “Old Doctor Who” does infact have 2 meanings :
1) it is a term used to describe the classic years of the show, 2) it seems also to be a search term used to search for information on Peter Capaldi’s up-and-coming new incarnation of the Doctor. With that in mind, we couldn’t resist commenting.
Being the oldest Doctor brought into the role at 56 – since Hartnell, does make Capaldi something of a special appointment and “Old Doctor Who” is pretty appropriate.
It is something we haven’t seen for 40 years, as each successive newer incarnation of the Doctor got younger after Hartnell – and then settled somewhere around the mid-40 mark – age-wise.
The new series is just around the corner (23 August) and it is more eagerly anticipated than ever, following last year’s 50th anniversary send off for Matt Smith.
The question is, what kind of a Doctor will Capaldi make? Will he invoke Hartnell on his portrayal? Will he go full ‘Malcom Tucker'(The Thick Of It). And finally, will the decision to choose an older actor work out?
We think it will.