I am not an authority on this by any means. I love The Doctor. I think the show is Fantastic! In fact, I often re-watch old episodes during the great darkness that lies between a season finale and a Christmas Special. I can’t tell you everything about every regeneration or list the companions in order. I can tell you this, being a Doctor Who fan is more than just watching a show. It’s fun to have something that you connect with and then connect with others about. No matter where you are, you can see a shirt that says “Don’t Blink” and automatically that person is somewhat awesome. When I went to my first Timelord Fest it was amazing to me how welcoming everyone was. I was able to join a table and compete in trivia. (We took third place and I now own a Doctor Who comic book. OH YEAH!) I fit right in. Everyone around me had something in common, a love for The Doctor.
That being said, I am seeing a big problem. There is split in the fandom! There are those willing to accept Peter Capaldi and those screaming that they are leaving the fandom. It is amazing to me how both camps are handling this.
First I will speak to the deserters.
I know change is hard. Matt Smith has grown on you. You loved David Tennant because seriously who couldn’t. You even gave some love to Eccleston. Some of you have been fans since the first Doctor and some of you think Eccleston was the first Doctor. I have a little secret to tell you, change is part of being in this fandom. Here’s the thing, it’s not about the actor. From Hartnell to Capaldi it’s always the same man! It will always be The Doctor.
I will be honest with you. When I first met Matt Smith’s Doctor I was not impressed. It took me the whole first episode to get to a point where I wasn’t looking at my husband and cursing the change. I didn’t like the chin. I didn’t like how childish his was. He was just so goofy and odd. I had to find my Doctor. Before long, he became The Doctor and not Matt Smith. We got to see his silly fun side for a time.
Right now you are about to meet a new part of The Doctor. That is exciting! Isn’t it thrilling to think that as much as you thought you knew, you are only just beginning the adventure!? If you leave the fandom now you will miss the chance to fall in love all over again. You have a chance to reintroduce yourself to The Doctor in a new way. What will his catchphrases be? What will make him stand out? How will he handle all the loss and change he has endured? What terrifying alien will we face this time? Don’t miss it because the guy is old. You had to know he would be old when River said, “This is the youngest I have ever seen your eyes.” She said this to TENNANT. Smith is younger than Tennant. We had to go older!
Now to the stone throwers/
Yes, I am talking to you! Instead of embracing the younger generation of whovians helping them understand that The Doctor is The Doctor not the actor who plays him you are throwing stones. You are giving them a good luck with that. Have you loved every part of every actor? Come on! I know some of you aren’t fond of Amy and others don’t like Donna. (How you could not love Donna is beyond me! She is my favorite but I know it happens.) That is ok. You have the right to an opinion. Keep in mind, there is a transition here. I am not asking you to hand hold the deserters! Just don’t trash them openly! Give them a fighting chance. We all know that at the end of it all we will be glued to the TV to see what is next!