20 Doctor Who Tattoos To Celebrate The New Doctor, Peter Capaldi

Peter Capaldi is the 12th Doctor Who . . . Doctor, following in the footsteps of the greats: David Tennant and Matt Smith. After much controversy created by TV critics and fans about the fact that there has not been a female Doctor Who or one of color, we got another white dude.

Helen Mirren pointed this out saying, “I do think it’s well over time to have a female Doctor Who. I think a gay, black female Doctor Who would be the best of all.”

Even a group of female scientists lobbied for the 11th doctor to be a lady. It is a bit weird that a character who is constantly changing (or “regenerating)” bodies can only take on the form of dudes who all kind of look the same, but hey maybe it’s just like, a brand awareness thing ……. IDK.

Steven Moffat, the Doctor Who writer, has kind of been a poo poo pants about changing the Doctor’s gender, saying of his choice for Peter Capaldi, “It’s absolutely narratively possible [that the Doctor could be a woman] and when it’s the right decision, maybe we’ll do it. It didn’t feel right to me, right now. I didn’t feel enough people wanted it.”

So do you go with progress or do you go with your perception of what people want? It’s a  difficult decision when an entire franchise is on the line. However, months ago, Steven Moffat was a bit more snide about the gender switch, “I like that Helen Mirren has been saying the next doctor should be a woman. I would like to go on record and say that the queen should be played by a man.”

That response is utterly dismissive and denies the simple basic fact that Doctor Who can technically be portrayed by anyone in any body. Doctor Who has been a staple of science fiction television and British TV for 50 years but has always been a white guy. I would argue that, after so long, it may be somewhat necessary to have Doctor Who remain male, maybe that “maleness” is necessary to sustain a certain dynamic in the show. With that said, then why does he have to always be white? Why not Indian or Jamaican? Who knows what kind of politics and weirdness goes into these kinds of decisions. Ugh.

Anyway, from what I’ve seen Peter Capaldi do he is a good choice, even if he is, “cultural identity wise” the obvious choice.


He’s from Glasgow. Peter Capaldi is sort of great. I haven’t seen him in many roles but the ones I have seen him, as Sid’s dad on Skins and Malcolm Tucker in In The Thick Of It, are always kind of similar, he has a scathingly crass sense of humor that is brash, inappropriate and scary.

Here are the 20 best Doctor Who tattoos to celebrate the ultimate fandom.

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    1. Anyway, from what I’ve seen Peter Capaldi do he is a good choice, even if he is, “cultural identity wise” the obvious choice.

    2. jr says:

      a lot of those tattoos really suck. like they are shaky as hell and look like were done in a living room. you really could have found some better examples.

    3. Sick of hearing how The Doctor should be a famale!

      1. @johnnymags says:

        Especially a Hot Famale!

    4. Jon says:

      So it’s not really an article exploring tattoos done in celebration of a new Doctor. It’s an article written by a woman of colour complaining that a TV character who has been a white male for 50 years continues in the same way followed by some very poor and shaky tattoos that anyone who has Googled “Doctor Who tattoos” has seen a million times over in the last 8 years. Wow. That’s cutting edge journalism.

    5. eva says:

      oh enough already. so he's white. do you see me complaining that he isn't jewish?

      1. @johnnymags says:

        He's Gallifreyan.

      2. eva says:

        yeah i guess that wouldn't work well, still, not my point. there are a lot of people of color on the show. why does everything have to by PC?

    6. Marilyn says:

      oh, crap, women and people of color like to see themselves represented in media and will say something about it! noooooooo! maybe you lot should check your privilege and realize that girls (and i'm gonna go out on a limb here and assume people of color feel the same way) are tired of being systematically underrepresented in the narratives that define our culture.

      although i will say that the writer is not a particularly avid whovian–those weird circles you've got labeled as watches are gallifreyan — http://www.shermansplanet.com/gallifreyan.

    7. Andrew Joyce says:

      "It is a bit weird that a character who is constantly changing (or “regenerating)” bodies can only take on the form of dudes who all kind of look the same"

      They look almost nothing alike, aside from skin color. Racist.

    8. jess says:

      Seriously? A gay, black, female doctor? We had Jack, a (commonly believed to be) bisexual, and Martha, a black female medical doctor. But no. Having the main character be all minorities at once is the only way to prove to people that the show isn't prejudiced.

    9. You know its truly enlightening to realize that in this day in age gender, race, religions are still used to define equality and cultural status. Everyone stating that the Doctor should be a female, person of colour is likely of that heritage them selves. If a white male talks up the want for a white male Doctor and stick with a 50 year tradition that has please millions of fans from over 50 decades… they get labelled racist, sexist. Ive read so many arguments about how a woman should be portrayed as the Doctor or a different race… well then, what is wrong with portraying a strong and admirable white male character that is viewed as a hero. Children dont draw these defining lines, why should we? I personally want my son to see a strong male caucasian character as there is far and few between in todays media. Save the gender and racial inequality debates to things that really require them… politics, employment, education ect. At the end of the debate, Doctor Who is a TV show. A fantastic an awe inspiring show for sure but still…. a TV show.

    10. ZedBear says:

      Isn't it amazing that for twenty years, the BBC has created an uncontested success story with Dr. Who, created one of the most iconic science fiction programs and characters of all time, but now needs to change what has been working to character the "progressives" say he should be? What a perfect nannying liberal mentality, and what baloney! Go make your own show, make the characters whoever you want them to be, and when you get to 20 years of success, then come back and tell BBC how it's done and school the fans on what they should like, OK?

    11. Rinoa Locke says:

      "..following in the footsteps of the greats: David Tennant and Matt Smith"
      Who are you to get off on totally forgetting the other, oh I don't know, 9 doctors throughout the years! Goddamn!
      I mean yes, those actors portrayed wonderful Doctors. But that's pretty disrespectful to only mention those.
      Also – I love how this article really wasn't tattoos celebrating the 12th doctor but really "Hey here's a slideshow of some random Doctor Who tattoos that really have nothing to do with the 12th doctor, plopped at the end of my rant about the need for a gay female black doctor."
      Honestly – I think it would be cool to have a female doctor, or even one of a different race, but it's not a goddamn big deal as much as you're making it. Or rather, your arguments really weren't that well-thought out and it just turned into a rant. Disappointed in the author of this article.

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