Radio Times Bids Farewell to Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor

It’s that time of year again: advent, when we’re all anticipating Christmas, including what’s on television over the festive period. And the TV listings magazines are always released at odd times. True to form, the Radio Times previews magazine for 9th- 15th December is out today, and stars Peter Capaldi, taking pride of place on the cover.

Inside, you can find a 6-page feature on Twice Upon A Time, and Doctor Who itself. Radio Times takes a look back at its own coverage of the Twelfth Doctor era, and of course, thoughts then turn to the future. Jodie Whittaker will be the first female Doctor and it’s caused a fair bit of commotion.

David Bradley, who plays the First Doctor in the 2017 Christmas episode, acted in Broadchurch, which starred Whittaker and was written by incoming showrunner, Chris Chibnall. Bradley says:

“When I heard it was Jodie, I thought, ‘Well, that’s perfect’ – because she’s got the range and she’s funny. They just need to keep that sense of fun and not forget the comic energy.”

Steven Moffat, who’s been responsible for Doctor Who since Series 5 and has helped cast numerous Doctors in the past, reflects:

“If we’d replaced David Tennant with a woman, it wouldn’t have worked. It was too early. We could have replaced Matt Smith with a woman, given that his Doctor was more sexless and less of a lad, but then I got obsessed with seeing Peter in the TARDIS.”

Personally, that statement baffles me. The Eleventh Doctor – more sexless and less of a lad?! Mind-boggling.

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that Capaldi is wearing a battered jacket on the listings’ cover – a hint of the torment he’ll go through in Twice Upon A Time? Let’s hope not…

The Radio Times, dated 9th- 15th December 2017, is out now. The bumper Christmas edition, which covers 23rd December 2017 to 5th January 2018, including details on the Twelfth Doctor’s swansong, goes on sale on Saturday 9th December in the South East, and rolls out nationwide by Tuesday 12th December.

  • ColeBox

    The two-week Christmas Radio Times is the only edition that I’ll buy now, but this issue is an example of how the RT has changed over the years. At one time, to make the front of the Radio Times, the programme concerned was broadcast during the week of that week’s listing. This issue is a prime example: Capaldi makes the cover, but Doctor Who isn’t on this week.

    • bar

      Not a hugely flattering portrait sadly. And makes me wonder who they’ll put on the front cover when he IS on telly that week. Three Doctors would be fun, but even less likely than a white christmas.

      • James Lomond

        True. What are they planning for the actual Christmas issue :/ …though it was actually snowing (in these parts) briefly yesterday (!)

        • bar

          Yeah, we had a couple of inches (stop sniggering at the back Simon) but it’s all melted now.

        • Robert Carnegie

          As far as I remember, the actual Christmas issue is mainly full of the television and radio programmes – not so much articles.

          • James Lomond

            Yes true, but it’s all about the BIG PICTURE on the front 🙂

      • ColeBox

        Generally the Ratio Times Christmas covers have been painted traditional Christmas images, with a few exceptions. Recent exceptions have been Wallace and Gromit (twice!), Sean the Sheep, Harry Potter, Brigg’s The Snowman and Brigg’s Father Christmas. Oddly, Doctor Who has had more than it’s fair share of Christmas covers: a Tardis in a snow-globe in 2005 and a toy Dalek in 2009 (although this was a multi-cover issue; the other being the same image replaced by a dancing-couple toy).

        The last time there was a photographic (non-model) cover, featuring a programme’s cast was in 1986 with Eastenders.

        As for the portrait, I totally agree. There is an age where ‘designer stubble’ just doesn’t work. Fifty-something is definitely beyond that as it ages a man. I’m in my early-fifties and stubble is a complete no-no, even though I haven’t gone grey yet.

        • bar

          You’re right of course, I was getting confused by memories of penultimate covers, the last week before Christmas ones, of which WHO has had definitely more than its fair share.

          There’s an age where designer stubble DOES work?

          • ColeBox

            I was *never* able to get away with stubble, but it is one of those things that if you get wrong ages one terribly. See also ponytails on balding men.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            My wife has never been able to get away with stubble either but yet, to my chagrin, she refuses to shave!!! 🙂

          • James Lomond

            In fairness I don’t think I’d shave if I were married to you, FPD.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            In fairness I don’t think I’d marry you James 🙂

          • James Lomond

            It is looking less and less likely! 😉

          • James Lomond

            *Your loss, for the record B-)

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Just showed my wife my comment about her shaving and she says you’re welcome to me haha! Looks like nobody wants me now! 🙂

          • James Lomond

            Lol! Stay put. Your wife sounds cool (and I’d want prenup).

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            I think grudgingly tolerant is a more descriptive term for her.

          • bar

            We still want you here Franco! I think we’re going to need humour more than ever.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Oh Bar, I’m certainly not considering leaving here at all. I love this site and our little commenting community. Our occassional differences of opinion and debates are a big part of the appeal along with, what I would like to think, an overwhelming love and respect we have for each other and the humour we sometimes share. What I meant by ‘nobody wants me anymore’ was simply tongue-in-cheek in that my missus doesn’t want me after my comment and even James sounds like he wouldn’t be up for marrying me in any case! But thanks for letting me know I’m still wanted here, at least by you, on this site 🙂

          • Philip

            My PC didn’t automatically log into Disqus, so I MANUALLY did it. THAT’S how much you’re still wanted on this site, Franco! 😉 Glad you love the DWC, and thank you all for being such a fantastic part of it.

        • Turd Ferguson’s Doggy

          Your last comment is bollocks. Depends on the man.

          • ColeBox

            My last comment? I’ve just checked in the mirror and I can confirm that I’ve definitely not gone grey yet ;o)

    • Robert Carnegie

      Now that I’ve sat down and read the Doctor Who articles, I think it’s a case of (1) getting the “exclusive Doctor Who souvenir issue” out before the other TV guide magazines do it and also (2) Steven Moffat apparently doing the promotion work early so that he and his family can go on holiday, but I may have not quite correctly understood that part.

  • Mack59

    11th not so much of a lad and more sexless ??? Considering all his secret assignations with River Song I think Mr Moffat was way off the mark there.

  • Rick714

    Well, the comment about Smith being more sexless, less of a lad makes sense, especially when compared to Tennant, who was more or less the Casanova of Doctors. Smith had it in him but really, only for River and was shown to be way of his depth with women in general. When it came to sex, Tennant the most un-Doctor like Doctir there ever was, but Smith, thanks to the Moff, took it down a notch and by Capaldi, got it back to default levels–as far as the history of the show went.