We have had the day of the Doctor, the Name of the Doctor and the Time of the Doctor. Soon we will have the return of the Doctor. Yes I for one am eagerly anticipating Peter Capaldi’s take on the role.
And there have been some interesting rumours about what is to come. More on this in a bit. While thinking about all this though I came to a sudden realisation. There has been a subtle decline in the series lately. Or maybe it was not so subtle and I was just blind to it. Who knows?
The decline I mean is that some of the gravitas of the Doctor has been replaced by humour. There is an excellent example of this with the Daleks. In the last episode we see the Doctor accidentally dropped into a Dalek ship whilst carrying a part of one he has obviously previously defeated. He makes a quip and a quick getaway. Returns to chide his cyber man pet and then appears to disregard the fact their is a Dalek ship there!
Think way back to Dalek – when Christopher Ecclestone’s Doctor encounters a lone Dalek. A captive and helpless Dalek. His reaction is not humour or running away. It is fear. Utter fear and dread, And by this time we had to realise that despite appearances the Doctor was a formidable opponent to cross. Therefore anything that scares him must he worth fearing.
More than anything else it was that reaction and the superb way it was acted that made the Daleks scary again.
Now, by the Moffat/Smith era they are nothing more than the foil of some throwaway jokes. They are not scary anymore, making the whole concept of the time war etc. a lot less horrific in the process.
So where does that leave us?
One of the rumours I have heard is that the next series will have less humour and be darker. But how many times have we heard that? Still I remain optimistic that Peter Capaldi can bring the right gravitas to actually achieve this.
Which brings me to the other rumour doing the rounds. The Master will be making a return this season. And it won’t be John Sim playing him. In fact they want a heavyweight Hollywood actor.
This is more promising.
It gets better! Top of the wanted list (and in rumoured to have already been cast) is Charles Dance!
Now that is a prospect to salivate over. Dance’s Master up against Capaldi’s Doctor.
And to top it all it would tie in beautifully with my own personal master plan i. e. to get Peter Dinklage as the 13th Doctor!