Peter Capaldi: Why Doctor Who Isn’t Really All About Change

The Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi has shared his thoughts on why Doctor Who will continue to thrive under Jodie Whittaker’s reign as the Thirteenth Doctor – because it will, essentially, stay the same!

There’s this strange perceived wisdom in Doctor Who: that it’s a show about change. We’re all guilty of saying it – myself included – but it’s not actually that accurate, is it? At its heart, the show is about someone who flits about time and fixes stuff; mainly defeating monsters. Yes, the leads alter, but that doesn’t tamper with the series’ core DNA. Here’s what Peter Capaldi said about Doctor Who Series 11:

“I think it will be wonderful. Everybody goes on about Doctor Who being all about change but it’s not really. It just reconstitutes itself in order to carry on doing the same thing, which is really a weird alien ­blowing up monsters. As long as that ­happens, I think Jodie will do it brilliantly.”

Of course, Doctor Who has an elastic structure, meaning we can enjoy unique and startling pieces of television, for instance: The Edge of Destruction, The Mind Robber, Inferno, Image of the Fendahl, Kinda, Vengeance on Varos, Ghost Light, The Night of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor, Boom Town, Midnight, Vincent and the Doctor, and Heaven Sent. But rule-bending tales are typically few and far between.

At its heart, Doctor Who is the same thing it was back in 1963, and that’s why we love it.

Do you agree with Capaldi? Or do you think creative teams tamper with Doctor Who to such an extent that each era is a complete departure from the previous?