Doctor Who’s New 13th Doctor’s Name – Is It Any Good?

After the huge success of J.J. Abrams’ new take on the popular drama, fans are wondering if the new show will live up to the high standards set by the previous iterations of Doctor Who. The good news is that the new show doesn’t disappoint! In fact, it’s arguably even better than the previous incarnations!

Let’s take a closer look at the science behind the show and its many twists and turns.

A New Hope

The biggest difference between the old and new Doctor Who is the regeneration. The previous Doctors lived far longer than anticipated, allowing them to each see several regenerations. The 13th Doctor, while not being a “true” regeneration of the previous 12, does offer a way for the show to finally “age” with the classic Doctors finally passing the torch. The new Doctor is played by the brilliant actor, Peter Capaldi, who we’ll get to know more about in a bit.

New Characters, New Monsters, And More Confusion

Another major difference between the previous and new Doctor Who is the presence of new characters. Steven Moffat, co-creator of the show with his wife, Karen, has said that they wanted to make the show “more accessible” to new viewers. As a result, old favorites like the Daleks and Cybermen have been relegated to supporting roles while some of the show’s most iconic monsters have been given a “human” makeover. The most prominent example is the Cyberpunk, an artificial person that resembles a human but has cybernetic implants all over their body. They’ve even been modified to walk and talk like a human being!

The more prominent role that new characters play in the show, the more confusing some of the plots can become, especially near the end. A perfect example is River Song, a mysterious and beautiful character who teams up with the 11th Doctor to save the life of the man she loves, the Doctor. On one hand, she’s one of the smartest characters of the modern era of Doctor Who and her partnership with the Doctor is one of the show’s most compelling relationships. On the other hand, most fans could guess the ending of the story before it begins, based on clues dropped in the trailers leading up to the premiere.

An Even Brighter Future

One of the most intriguing aspects of J.J. Abrams’ new take on Doctor Who is the possibility that it offers of an even brighter future for the franchise. The showrunner has said that he wants to “reinvent” the characters’ motivations and the nature of their adventures. As a result, the show can sometimes feel a little bit lighter than the usual fare, despite the darkness that typically permeates Doctor Who. This could make the show even more popular as it doesn’t feel like “all the other shows”.

Capaldi, The Best Actor For The Part

If there’s one thing that Peter Capaldi has proven over the years, it’s that he’s one of the most gifted actors working today, able to play “any” role and transform himself into the character. It’s no wonder that he was picked to play the most prominent recurring role since 1963, the Doctor, who is the franchise’s longest-running male lead. At 76 years old, Capaldi is the new Doctor Who’s oldest protagonist, having previously played the immortal Winston Churchill in 2015’s Darkest Hour and James Bond in Skyfall in 2012.

With such a long resume, Capaldi is clearly “up for the challenge” of playing a character who is thousands of years old, a role that would strain most actors. The best part is that Capaldi doesn’t “have to” act like the Doctor, as his backstory is revealed in flashbacks that don’t necessarily follow the same rules as the rest of the show. This means that Capaldi can offer a different take on the character, while still satisfying the demands of the show’s mythology.

Saving The Best For Last

One of the most intriguing aspects of J.J. Abrams’ new take on Doctor Who is how it ends, with one of the series’ most iconic scenes. The scene, which is played out in real-time and features an incredible score by Michael Giacchino, marks the “passing of the torch” as the previous 12 Doctors are killed off-screen by the 13th Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. After the death of the previous 12 Doctors, the future of the franchise looks incredibly promising as we’ve never seen it before!

For those interested, the scene can be viewed in its entirety here:

The future of the franchise looks incredibly promising as we’ve never seen it before!