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Just watched the first two episodes of Borgen - Season 3. The quality was just as high as ever.
I wasn’t expecting Birgitte to have lost the election. A British or American show wouldn’t have been that brave, and certainly not to have it take place offscreen. They would show all the election process in excrutiating detail for easy drama.
A great couple of episodes.
Just watched Doctor Who - “The Girl in the Fireplace” for the first time in more years than I’d care to think about.
I still thoroughly enjoyed it!
I loved how intimate it all was: small cast, few locations, no threat to the universe.
I imagine if I had seen it as a kid, it would have simultaneously scared and intrigued me, like a strange dream.
Whenever a pop-culture property is looking to cast a new actor, armchair casting agents swing into action and start prognosticating as to who will be chosen. Actors’ names are bandied about willy-nilly, without much thought about costs or even if they’re right for the role.
As I’m writing this (and not for much longer), the same thing is happening with Doctor Who. By far the bookies’ favourite to play the 12th Doctor is Peter Capaldi, who would be a fairly major change from recent actors in the role.
Has Capaldi really been cast, or is it all just internet gossip? Below, I’ve attempted to objectively break down whether he could, should, and would take on the part…
Would he want to do it?
Capaldi is said to be a fan of the show and he’s appeared in an episode, and also the Torchwood mini-series. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’d want the starring role, though. Also, the showis filmed in Cardiff for about nine months out of the year, so a London-based man with a wife and daughter might be reluctant to make the move.
Is his schedule free?
According to IMDB, Capaldi is due to star as Cardinal Richelieu in a television series based on The Three Musketeers. There’s no indication if this is a mini-series or something longer. If it’s a long-running thing, then it’s highly unlikely he’d be able to film Who as well. Interestingly though, the Musketeers project is a BBC production, so if he did want to leave it, they might be understanding.
Can the BBC afford him?
When Steven Moffat took over as show runner, he was faced with a slashed budget, and one that would decrease further year-on-year. Most of the names mentioned in connection with the 11th Doctor would actually have been far too expensive. That’s why we ended up with the mostly-unknown Matt Smith, who was paid about a sixth of David Tennant’s fee.
Capaldi is older and more experienced than Smith, but it’s not inconceivable that the Beeb would be able to make him a decent offer. But would it be enough for nine months hard labour in Wales?
Is he too old?
I don’t think he’s too old to deal with the physical demands of the role, i.e. running down corridors. However, younger viewers might find it difficult to relate to an older guy. Additionally, the production team might consider the marketing aspects. An older Doctor might not shift as many posters and lunchboxes as did the young, handsome David Tennant. But I find that to be a cynical approach. Moffat and company should be concerned about what’s best for the show and not the “brand”.
Would his previous roles count against him?
Capaldi is famous for playing the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It and In the Loop. If you search for him on YouTube you’ll find many videos where he turns the air blue. Some online commentators have questioned whether that could cause him problems as the face of the BBC’s premiere kids/family show.
I don’t think it would be too much of an issue. In between Who seasons, Matt Smith acted in a Christopher Isherwood biopic that featured fairly graphic sex scenes (gay sex scenes, at that), but I don’t recall the Daily Mail feigning any outrage.
Would Moffat prefer to cast someone he has worked with before?
That’s what everyone thought he was going to do last time. Many were convinced that the 11th Doctor was going to be Paterson Joseph, with whom he worked on Jekyll. This time - who knows? Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch would be too pricey, but Andrew Scott (Moriarty) could be very good.
Should they cast a woman instead?
Controversially, I’m not sure that the 12th Doctor should be female. I think if they were going to make a major change like that, they should have done it decades ago. For example, I could easily imagine a female Fifth Doctor. If they did it now, it might seem like a cheap stunt. We’d have to sit through some terrible dialogue explaining that Time Lords sometimes change sexes as they get older. I can hear the creaking now.
Also, it’s been discussed online as to whether boys should lose the only cerebral role model they have, leaving them with only meat-heads to aspire to be.
All this being said, if they do cast Helen Mirren, or someone equally good, you won’t get many complaints from me.
Should they cast a minority actor?
We’re lucky that television is being more representative of the UK, with Black and Asian actors breaking through into the mainstream. So should they cast a minority actor? Absolutely… if he is right for the role. Idris Elba has been mentioned, but I don’t think he’s a good fit at all. The character is called The Doctor, not The Soldier. I think Adrian Lester could make a great Doctor, and Raza Jaffrey might also be good. Incidentally, the latter is dating Lara Pulver, who Moffat worked with on Sherlock.
A silly theory…
I have a theory that writers/directors/producers like to cast people who look like they do. The most obvious example of this in recent years was Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DiCaprio. I thought that Piers Wenger, the former Executive Producer of Who had a bit of a resemblance to Matt Smith, the man he had a hand in casting. Moffat might, consciously or unconsciously, be drawn to Capaldi, who is another shock-haired Scotsman. Like I say, it’s just a theory.
One more thing…
Other than all the names I’ve mentioned above, who else do I think it could be? I think that the new Doctor might turn out to be a bit of a Misfit.