While the new incarnation of Doctor Who has yet to appear, there’s already several noticeable changes. The first is there’s no bow-tie, and the second will be that the new Doc Who, Peter Capaldi, will not adopt a British accent to play the good doctor.
As Capaldi told the Hollywood Reporter, “He’s woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 percent Rebel Time Lord.” And the show’s executive producer happily exclaimed, “Monsters of the universe, the vacation is over – Capaldi is suited and booted and coming to get you!”
The next season of Who is currently shooting in Cardiff England, and reports tell us this could be a darker Doctor Who. That’s a term you hear all the time, “darker,” and it’s a term Hollywood loves to throw around all the time, as long as things don’t get too dark.
First of all, director Brian Wheatley told i09 and Giant Freakin Robot that when Capaldi started performing, “He’s so good. I was relieved, pretty much. It would have been a very different situation if it had been another kind of Matt Smith character. But with Capaldi, you look at his career and you look at his performances they are all so brilliant, and all so different as well. It was a lucky break for me.”
Wheatley feels that “generally Doctor Who is pretty dark, it’s always been dark…it’s a bonkers show.” And hopefully, Wheatley’s prophecy will come true that “the episodes we’re doing now seem more like classic Who. We’re going back to that style.”
Look for Doctor Who’s return, minus the bow-tie and British accent, later this year.