Mark Gatiss, Michelle Gomez, Peter Capaldi, Matt Lucas, Pearl Mackie, and showrunner Steven Moffat at “Doctor Who” BBC America Official Panel during Comic-Con 2017 in San Diego, California.
Take a bow, people:
Just a cute and fun goodbye to pretty much all of these folks, who will be gone after the Christmas special airs. While we’re happy to hear that Pearl Mackie will be back one more time as Bill, we’re more than a bit disappointed that this will be it, as far as her character is concerned. Then again, we argued strongly that the show needs a fresh new direction after that season finale and we’re extremely excited about the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, so despite having to say goodbye to Pearl Mackie, we’re still looking forward to the new season.
That looks like great fun. Bringing in David Bradley to play the original Doctor (after having portrayed the actor who played the original Doctor, William Hartnell in 2013’s An Adventure in Space and Time) is a brilliant way to close out this segment of the character’s history, since Moffat, no matter what else you might say about him, deserves something of an indulgent victory lap given his extended time and highly transformative tenure on the show.
As for Peter Capaldi, he deserves this victory lap too, even though we sometimes get the impression he struggled with some of the material in later episodes. While we can’t say Twelve’s tenure stands among our favorites in modern Who, we think Capaldi’s distinct take on the character is going to inform several subsequent portrayals, even if it’s only to rebuke or rebut it. Eccleston’s performance was the same way, prompting the highly reactive Tennant and Smith takes.
And finally, minor fashion commentary:
Also, the purse-drop is hilariously keeping-it-real for a venue that doesn’t call for a personal assistant on standby.
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