‘Doctor Who': Why Matt Smith Needed To Leave

Thu, December 26, 2013 10:32am EST by 121 Comments 11,963 Article Views
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Posted at 5:37 AM on November 26, 2014  

I really loved Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor. The other Doctors were all charming in their own way, but Matt hit it out of the park, the perfect mix of childlike innocent and madcap ancient professor. I just can’t seem to warm up to Peter Capaldi. The writing either isn’t as good as before or he’s not very good at delivering the lines. Since I don’t have cable and don’t get the BBC channel, I bought the first Capaldin episode through my Roku box. I watched twice but it just really didn’t grab me so I didn’t buy any more. I hope it’s gotten better.

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Posted at 9:59 PM on December 3, 2014  

Matt smith was good, but not as good as David Tennant. Partly because the scripts weren’t as good. Peter Capaldi is turning out to be a very good Doctor. It just took 3-4 episodes for him to grow into the role. (To be fair, Tennant took about the same time to get comfortable with the role.)

You should watch more of the Capaldi episodes. The 2nd half of the season is perfection.

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Posted at 12:05 PM on December 4, 2014  

Maybe it’s being from the southern part of the United States, but to me Capaldi talks like he has marbles in his mouth. I cannot understand him. He doesn’t show much emotion. His face is ruddy and his eyes are bloodshot most of the time. I tried to watch three different episodes and just couldn’t get into it. And my nine year old Dr. Who fanatic nephew is just heartbroken.

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Posted at 8:28 PM on December 4, 2014  

Well, I’m from Texas and I don’t have any problem understanding him. He does have a strong Scottish accent, but I’ve watched a lot of BBC America so he’s understandable.

I like the actor. He’s been great in previous roles and I like the idea of a prickly, not so likeable Doctor who we get to know and actually like later into the series.

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Posted at 11:57 PM on October 8, 2014  

Peter Capaldi is very good. And I like his wit. No more waving the sonic screw driver like it’s a wand. Matt was good but got boring towards the end. Clara, although she is very talented, never seemed to fit into the role as companion. Something just did not work with her character. Will be forgotten very quickly. As for the next companion? How about an episode where the doctor saves a young girl’s life as she is kidnapped from a foster home about to be sold as a slave. Something shocking like that where the doctor becomes her only hope at rebuilding her life as she travels with him. Perhaps tracking down her parents, who were forced to give her up. And learning about universe on the way? Something shocking that will touch the heart of viewers everywhere…

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Posted at 6:27 PM on September 16, 2014  

Haven’t read all the comments, but has anyone mentioned that the Ponds *did not die* but were displaced back in time beyond the Doctor’s reach by the Weeping Angels? And that they actually ended up living out a very happy life together through most of the 20th century?

Okay, now that that’s out of my system — can I say I’m really, really surprised by this outright ageist discussion over Peter Capaldi being in his mid-fifties. Brad Pitt is 50-yrs-old-going-on-51 for Pete’s sake and I would wager no one’s calling him ‘old’. Just because you’re a person of a certain age doesn’t mean sex appeal goes out the window. Even though Capaldi is older than Smith, my goodness, he’s got something going on there with those blue, blue eyes. One of my problems with Matt Smith as the Doctor was that he exhibited not a smidgen of sex appeal (for my tastes – not saying he doesn’t turn on anybody else). Capaldi has a sneaky sex appeal — and wow, his Doctor costume is the ‘coolest’ I’ve seen since Nine walked out of the TARDIS. So, yes, this lady Whovian is quite happy with his casting as Twelve. Woot!

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Posted at 8:07 PM on September 16, 2014  

Capaldi has the sex appeal of a lamp. First of all, Brad Pitt may be 50 but he’s very good looking. Capaldi is not. Capaldi’s “blue, blue” eyes are always bloodshot. His complexion is ruddy. It makes me wonder if he drinks. But more than all of that, HE CANNOT ACT. He talks like he has marbles in his mouth. I offered to buy season eight episodes for my 9 year old niece. He watched 20 minutes of the first episode and lost interest. I didn’t make it that far. Dr. Who has gone from my favorite show to a non show for me. I’ll miss it.

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Posted at 6:47 PM on October 14, 2014  

Good riddance.

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