Monday, 5 August 2013
You Can't Please All of the People All of the Time...
As far as I'm concerned, all I wanted from Sunday evening was the announcement of a bloody good actor to replace Matt Smith. And in Peter Capaldi I believe we have got one.
Seems some people are not happy that the part went to white man who isn't just out of nappies.
Let's be clear about this. Doctor Who is not about recasting. It is the same person, regenerating their body over hundreds of years. Sometimes that means he's a bit tall, other times a bit short. Sometimes he looks a bit young, other times a bit older. One day, he might even be ginger. But always it's the same person.
Just because of a throwaway line in a Neil Gaiman script, why should "he" suddenly become "she"? The Doctor is a Time Lord - a male title. A simple fact that existed long before the current incarnation of the series, and one that will be around long after.
I've made my views on the ethnicity of the role clear before. I would only want to see an actor from an ethnic minority if he was the best for the role - but would have serious concerns about tokenism - giving it to a black actor just because there hadn't been one before. Positive discrimination is, well, a different form of discrimination. A white actor would be denied the role because of his colour.
Are the people arguing for a black Doctor, applying the same logic, equally arguing for a black Monarch? We haven't had a black king or queen before, so we really should have one next?
As for the age thing, apparently some fans are unhappy that an older actor has been chosen. I've seen a quote: "55! No, no, no!". This is ageism, pure and simple. A knee-jerk reaction from a "Young Person" who claims to be a fan but doesn't know their Adric from their Eldrad. They should try watching Hartnell, or Pertwee some time.
The Doctor is not a 55 year old actor, or a 26 year old one. He's an alien over 1000 years old. If you are incapable of suspending belief and can't see past the actor's appearances in Heat Magazine or wherever, then I suggest you ditch Doctor Who and concentrate on soap operas or reality shows that might closer match your intellectual capabilities.
The argument that the Doctor should be a woman / black just because they haven't been before, or that they should always match your own personal demographic and no-one else's simply does not hold water with me.