This ‘n’ that

Two quick things. First, as Doctor Who bloggers, we are contractually obligated to give opinions on the casting of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. Mine is that Capaldi is a marvelous actor–which is, like, two or three of my top five qualifications right there–and that casting such a respected and accomplished figure (seriously–dude has an Oscar[1]) is a serious coup for the rubbish-looking kids’ program that Michael Grade axed. (Suck it, MG!) That Capaldi is a lifelong fan is just icing on a pretty spectacular cake.

He’s also the twelfth white guy in a row.

This does not mean he’s a bad choice or that I’m unhappy with his selection. I just would have preferred a riskier, less “safe” choice, and I’m disappointed that the legions of non-white-guys who are also stunningly good actors were apparently never even considered. My own personal pet pick for Doctor is Paterson Joseph; if you don’t know why, go rent Neverwhere [2] and watch his remarkably Doctor-like portrayal of the Marquis de Carabas.

Update: Or, having just caught up on my podcasts, “what Chip at the Two Minute Time Lord said.”
 

Second, your life is not complete without this picture of John Barrowman being exterminated by what I can only describe as a Dalek fairy princess.

On a convention floor, actor John Barrowman is collapsed against a TARDIS after having been "exterminated" by a small girl wearing a homemade Dalek costume that incorporates a tuile skirt and a halter top.

On a convention floor, actor John Barrowman is collapsed against a TARDIS after having been "exterminated" by a small girl wearing a homemade Dalek costume that incorporates a tuile skirt and a halter top.

You’re welcome. (Via Tor.com)

[1]Albeit not for acting. His multiple BAFTAs, however, are for acting.
[2] Which also has, in a supporting role, Peter Capaldi!

2 comments

  1. Âne Élan says:

    what about a Time Lady for a doctor? What about the incredibly arrogant jape Moffat said while reacting to Helen Mirren wishing for a queer-woc doctor? (the queen should be played by a man – hint moffat, it’s happened before and it’s called a king)

    I agree that Peter Capaldi is a great actor – loved him in The Hour. If Moffat had even CONSIDERED a POC or a woman for the role, I’d be less upset. But he didn’t even entertain the idea at all.

  2. Nightsky says:

    You’re right, of course. I have Feels about Moffat’s comment–which I wasn’t aware of when I initially wrote this post, as I hadn’t watched the show–that boil down to OH STEVEN MOFFAT NO. Courtney’s writing up her own thoughts on it, which is why I haven’t yet done so.

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