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The last time the BBC released a trailer for the upcoming series of Doctor Who, it was 16 seconds of silhouettes and epileptic seizures. This time, it's still 16 seconds, but we get to see the new man in full, and he and Clara each get a line reminding us that with a new face comes new understanding of the man we call The Doctor. And, an exact date for when it'll be returning, in this case, the 23rd of August. Mark your calendars, Whovians, I will be.

As an aside, does it seem to anyone else that is less hoopla over Capaldi taking over the role than there has been in the past. Maybe it is a symptom of their announcing it way back a year ago, before the 50th, before the Christmas special. Have we just burned out our excitement over the new guy already? Or is it because, unlike with some of the more recent actors who have taken on the role (and even back in the old days, when folk like Davison or McCoy), Capaldi is an actor is good standing instead of some newbie. That we have many previous works of his to look upon and can reasonably tell how he'll be in the role? I honestly don't know, but to me it seems like there is less fuss this time around. Maybe I'm just blocking it out.
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  1. There certainly does seem to be less hullabaloo this time around. I'd chalk it up to a couple things beyond just New Doctor burnout and the known-quantity factor (both of which seem quite plausible, yeah).

    Firstly, I think a lot of more mercurial fans, prone to swings of hatred and obsession, may well be in a sulk right now for one reason or another. Many vocal commentators seemed to hate Smith and his era, for example, and they are likely moping in the corner. They'll speak back up once the actual episodes air, I suspect, but right now they're pining for Tennant, RTD or both. There are other sub-factions that for similar reasons have for the time drifted away from closely following Doctor Who, and so have quieted down as they morn or lament one thing or another. This is my Passionate Fan hypothesis; mostly I gleam this from the Whovians I know in person and from observing internet comments sections, so I can't claim this is entirely scientific, obviously.

    Secondly, Capaldi's experience comes packaged with another thing: his age. The New Who era has been an era of relatively young and attractive leads, which is a magnet for chatter and fawning from both fans and entertainment news outlets (which tends to create a positive feedback loop increasing the volume and breadth of such coverage). Capaldi simply doesn't fit the role of magazine cover nearly as well. I actually doubt that will have *too* much of an effect on the audiences the show draws, or decrease the number of articles of actual substance, but it greatly diminishes the flood of clickbait and E!-style attention.

    IMHO it's probably a combination of the early announcement, that he isn't an unknown, that he isn't as marketable as sexy clickbait and magazine covers, and that many previously passionate fans are going through a quiet disgruntled (oh, wait, didn't mean to make a pun/reference, but there you have it) phase.

    Personally, I'm vaguely looking forward to this, and certainly expect great acting since I've never seen Capaldi deliver anything but. But I'm certainly not a Whovian, since while I've enjoyed much of New Who, there's a certain campiness and predictability that has always kept me from being entirely won over as an outright fan. This has especially been true of major arcs and two/three-parters, which often break through my cynical hipster exterior just long enough to feel immensely disappointing when they fail to pay off on ideas and moods established in their initial phases. Much of it is honestly because I came at this somewhat fresh many years ago and after watching the first episode of New Who decided I really wanted to watch the show explore what I had naively assumed would be its fantastic premise, namely a solitary survivor of a spacetime-spanning war travelling aimlessly around said time and space, half-forgotten by a changed post-war cosmos but feared by those who remember. I shouldn't hold it against the show that this wasn't at all the story it wanted to tell, and I don't intellectually, but I have to admit I do emotionally. So I've held the show at arm's length, enjoying the frivolity and daring to hope in the moments when it reaches (such as the first half of the Library two-parter, or most of Torchwood's Children of Earth), but never terribly *invested* in the show. So, of course, my bias is that I hope Capaldi can (alongside his great comedic abilities) carry some of the weight that Doctor Who's mythology has always had the ability to provide, even if it has generally refused to fully commit to it---melodrama being an entirely separate sensibility.