Time Lord takes on a new form

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STEVE BROWN

When confronted by a sword-wielding outlaw threatening to steal their possessions, most heroes in medieval times would probably draw their weapons and fight the villainous blaggard. One particular hero, however, would do something a bit different.

“I have no sword,” he says, facing down the famous criminal Robin Hood. “I don’t need a sword, because I am the Doctor, and this is my spoon. En garde!” With this, the Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, draws his kitchen utensil and begins dueling with the legendary scoundrel, spoon against sword.

This scene, from the eighth and newest season of “Doctor Who,” showcases the goofier side of the newest incarnation of the wandering Time Lord. Peter Capaldi’s Doctor made his full-episode debut in Episode 1 of the newest season, as the Doctor regenerated in last year’s Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor” (and I still haven’t fully gotten over that, sniff sniff). While being a very interesting, humorous and all-around great version of the character, this Doctor is certainly not the same as the previous few versions, played by David Tennant and Matt Smith.

The ever-popular Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, while having the capacity to be very serious and, at times, even dark, were generally lighthearted, funny Doctors who were just as quick to make you laugh as they were to impress you with their clever methods of saving the world. The Twelfth Doctor, on the other hand, is a darker, ruder and more serious time traveller, but he still has a goofy side to him. At times when the Tenth Doctor would probably be making grand deductions in that fantastic and very loud Tenth Doctory way of his, and the Eleventh Doctor would probably be defending the coolness of bow ties (bow ties are, indeed, cool), the Twelfth Doctor is telling people to shut up so he can think about what’s going on and how he can fix it.

Another notable thing is that Peter Capaldi is tied with William Hartnell, the First Doctor, for the position of oldest actor to play the Time Lord. The apparent age of the newest Doctor is undoubtedly a very large factor in his personality, and it is a personality that I find quite enjoyable, as well as somewhat comparable to that of the legendary Fourth Doctor (played by Tom Baker).

Clara Oswald, a companion of the Eleventh Doctor, is also back, and she’s the same snappy, witty character that us Whovians got to know over the course of Season 7. However, she is getting more characterization in the new season, as well as a relationship with Danny Pink, a character new to Season 8.

Overall, I like the new season of Who, but I do have one minor complaint. Aside from such fun episodes as “Robot of Sherwood” and “Time Heist,” the series is taking on a darker, not-as-fun tone in the new season, which I’m not crazy about.

The new season of Doctor Who is coming along very nicely, thanks in very large part to the new Doctor. I recommend it to all the Whovians out there, and to everyone else, too.

They should all probably be Whovians anyway.