The Dr.Who X-mas special is becoming an annual holiday tradition for Sci-fi fans. This year it was especially important as it was the swan song for Matt Smith, who is bowing out for the new Dr…Peter Capaldi. Capaldi who at 55 is a much older Dr. than Smith who was cast for the role at 26 making him the youngest Dr.
Even when his character aged during the X-mas special episode entitled “The Time of the Dr.” he still held the manic energy that brought a defiant zaniness to the role. But what will the change of the guard mean for the show ?
Matt Smith pulled in a much younger female audience, who are less likely to find the elder thespian replacing Smith to hold the same geeky eye candy quality. In fact in the one scene Capaldi had in “The Time of the Dr.” he looked down right gaunt.
Show-runner Steven Moffat caused a stir on the Internet when he came out and said ” It’s absolutely narratively possible the Doctor could be a Woman and when it’s the right decision, maybe we’ll do it. It didn’t feel right to me, right now. I didn’t feel enough people wanted it. Oddly enough most people who said they were dead against it – and I know I’ll get into trouble for saying this – were women.”
This put a eye in the ointment for feminists who had started and on-line campaign for the next Dr. to be a woman. Many have claimed Moffat needs to go and he is out of touch with the fan-base, but considering Moffat is much more well equipped to study the demographics of the shows viewer-ship than fringe forum groups supports his claim.
In fact it does give a hope for the new Dr, who he claims to have the Father figure element the role needs in the dynamic between Dr and assistant. So this will put Freudian theories to a test and see if the sub-conscious desire that caused us to become attracted to people who remind us of our parent rings true for the dynamics of the show.