Alex Scarrow, writer of the new Eighth Doctor e-book Spore, thinks fans unhappy with Peter Capaldi as the next Doctor need to adjust their expectations.
In an interview with the Guardian, Scarrow said that he thinks Capaldi will make a “simply brilliant” Twelfth Doctor, and he’s got no time for younger viewers who are complaining about it.
“I’ve seen some Twitter traffic from, I guess, younger viewers who were moaning about [Capaldi] not being young and pretty,” said Scarrow. “But, sheesh, this isn’t The X-Factor! This isn’t Big Brother or Made in Chelsea! This is the world’s best, longest-running sci-fi drama! It’s not about having sexy cheekbones or floppy hair. It’s about big ideas that knock you onto your butt and stay with you long after the end-credit music has played out.”
Scarrow, who also said that Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston have been his favourite Doctors because of their “older, darker, more haunted” feel, added that, “[c]hoosing Capaldi tells me the big-wigs behind Doctor Who are taking this show to darker places; throwing bigger ideas our way. I can’t wait.”
Doctor Who will return to your screens this fall, with the 50th Anniversary special world-wide simulcast on Saturday, November 23rd.