Doctor Who: Can we stop with the Peter Capaldi bashing please?


Peter Capaldi’s time as the Doctor has come under fire recently in the run-up to the new season of Doctor Who. Can it please stop? It’s unjustified.

With a new season of Doctor Who on the horizon, and more importantly a new Doctor about to take the helm, it’s understandable that everyone is getting excited. Currently, the show is on the promotional tour, letting everyone know what awaits them.

Unfortunately, amongst all of this, our most recent version of the Doctor, Peter Capaldi, has come under fire. And it’s just not right.

Being described as if he destroyed the franchise singlehandedly throughout his time as the Doctor, the new season of Doctor Who has been described by as:

"“the breath of fresh air needed to revive a flagging franchise.”“a huge improvement on Peter Capaldi and brings back some of the spirit of David Tennant and Matt Smith.”"

Even the BBC, so the guys behind casting Capaldi, has been taking digs and probably delivering the worst blow of them all:

"“And what a great way to refresh a franchise, especially after four years of Peter Capaldi, who certainly wasn’t universally loved.”"

Credit: Doctor Who - BBC
Credit: Doctor Who – BBC /

Why on earth are people taking a dig at Capaldi? It’s far from fair.

You can’t lumber a supposedly “flagging franchise” on a single person. There are lots of reasons why a series could be going downhill. It could be the writing. It could be the other cast members. In the case of Doctor Who, the companion, the villains, the master, the list goes on and on.

It could be something completely out of the show’s control, like a change to the scheduling. Doctor Who ended up taking a year’s break during Capaldi’s era because of the FIFA World Cup and a few other sporting events. That most likely caused a blip in the popularity of the show somewhere along the line.

In all honesty, though, I don’t believe the series is “flagging” at all. I think that was just a load of nonsense.

Anyway, I digress, let’s turn our attention back to Peter Capaldi’s version of the Doctor. The BBC stated:

"“after four years of Peter Capaldi, who certainly wasn’t universally loved.”"

Can you please name a version of the Doctor that was universally loved? The only person I can think of who comes closest is David Tennant, and even he had fans who didn’t enjoy his version.

Christopher Eccleston’s version wasn’t universally loved, David Tennant wasn’t, and neither was Matt Smith. The BBC is technically right in what it said; it just forgot to add the other Doctors in there, making it look like Capaldi is the only one.

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Comparing him to both David Tennant and Matt Smith is hardly fair as well. The two were very similar in how they portrayed the Time Lord; some fans would go as far as saying Matt Smith is a direct copy of Tennant. Churning out another Doctor who was similar just wouldn’t work. Which is why Capaldi was ideal; and if anything, his version brought back memories of the earlier versions of the Doctor.

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Honestly, I could go on and on about why this is just unfair to someone who gave it his all year after year, not only on set, but off set as well. I am sure Jodi Whittaker is going to make a fabulous Doctor Who, and I cannot wait to see her on screen and my little girl especially cannot wait, but don’t go bashing Peter Capaldi. That is no way fair, and especially from you BBC, it’s just downright disrespectful.

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Where do you stand on this one? Do you think it is unfair pointing fingers at Capaldi? Drop a comment below sharing your thoughts.

Doctor Who Season 11 premieres on Oct. 7 on BBC