"It can become a kind of franchise where it’s not a real character at all", cautioned Capaldi, "but just an amalgam of elements that people think are Doctor Who: a scarf, a bow tie… I wanted to be the actual Doctor Who.”
I still have a hard time picturing Matt Smith as The Doctor and not just some zany man who calls himself a doctor. I don’t think it reflects poorly on Matt, I really did enjoy his acting, but the way he portrayed the character just didn’t connect with me. It was too much bowties and fezzes and catchphrases with everything being “cool.” And I just couldn’t see him as the ancient, brilliant Time Lord I’d grown to love in both New Who and Classic Who.
But Capaldi. Oh, the moment he appeared onscreen I was sold. His manner and bearing spoke to me immediately. He knows the Doctor so well that it translates perfectly into his portrayal of the character. I’m very excited to see where he takes it!