Tuesday, August 6, 2013

New Doctor Who--Who Cares?

Apparently the BBC announced yesterday that actor Peter Capaldi will be taking over as the next Doctor Who. Details (and some comments by fans at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23570354). Capaldi is 55 now, so this a big change from the younger Doctors we've had in recent years and (perhaps) suggests a change in the series's demographics (or the network's propagandist strategies).

However, as my post's title suggests, I'm not sure I really care about the Doctor anymore. Its been a good--sometimes great--run since 2005, but the departure of "the Ponds" (Amy Pond and Rory Williams) earlier in Season 7 seemed like a large slap in the face to fans (details at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2210593/Doctor-Who-fans-say-goodbye-Amy-Pond-killed-hands-weeping-angels.html and http://www.themarysue.com/steven-moffat-ponds/ and http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2012/aug/31/doctor-who-farewell-amy-ponds and (sorry) http://doctorwhotv.co.uk/most-heartbreaking-moments-of-the-ponds-exit-40223.htm [there's lots more to view at https://www.google.com/search?q=doctor+who+ponds+no+more]; more on Amy at http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2012/aug/31/doctor-who-farewell-amy-ponds) and I haven't had the desire to watch further.

Michael Torregrossa
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