As I`m writing and posting this before the 12th Doctor is announced, I don`t yet know who he (yes it`s a he) is.
What I do know, regardless of he is, is that right now millions of people are anticipating seeing him. Knowing Doctor Who`s history with picking unknown-ish actors for its roles, this guy is going to have his life turned upside down tonight. I personally imagine it to be downright terrifying. Exciting, of course, but absolutely terrifying.
Fangirls are scary and a force to be reckoned with, okay.
BUT, I have (unlike the rest of Tumblr, it seems) faith that the staff at Doctor Who is capable of picking someone absolutely perfect for the job. They`ve never done otherwise in the past, why should they disappoint us now?
Ah, yes, the constant “it`s time for a woman!” and “time for someone of colour!” arguments. I might be the only one around seeing these, as I spend way too much time on Tumblr, definitely more than is healthy for me. But I do see these all the time.
I`m not going to start this discussion right now. I tried writing out my thoughts, but really, I just want this to be about the next Doctor.
And not everyone`s going to be happy about the choice of casting for the next Doctor. Somebody`s going to go “well screw this, I ain`t watching anymore” and that`s fine. It`s why different opinions exist, and it`s okay to disagree. But I personally have faith that the new Doctor is going to be amazing.
Let`s all be more like Jack Harkness, and accept whoever it is that`s getting this role. Let`s all wish him the best of luck, he`s got big shoes to fill. Let`s all learn to love him like we love the other Doctors. Let`s give him some time to settle in to the role and make it his own. And most of all: remember that he`s a human being like everyone of us, and he deserves to be treated the way you treat other human beings. (Yes, Tumblr, I`m looking at you.)
I am still sad to see Matt Smith go, but I am also happy the show is moving forward nonetheless. There will be new dynamics, new faces, new adventures, and I`m really very excited about all of it.
So to Twelve: I wish you all the best in this giant role. Good luck! And have fun, that`s most important. Have fun in filming and being in this role, and we will have fun watching you and your adventures.
I am also REALLY excited about finding out who you are!