An ageism row seems to have broken out after the announcement of the 12th Doctor Who being 55-year-old actor Peter Capaldi. For me, he’s an excellent choice.
He’s a fine actor who has nailed many a different role in his career.
Just look at his brilliant performance as foul-mouthed spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC series The Thick of It.
Landing the role of the Doctor will be the icing on his rather large cake.
But as the sci-fi series has attracted a younger audience recently with Matt Smith, who took the role as a 26-year-old, the worry for the BBC is that Peter will not ‘connect’ with them as Matt did.
I can see their point. Up to a point.
For example, there has always been a bit of a love interest with recent doctors.
David Tennant and Billie Piper. Matt Smith with Jenna-Louise Coleman.
I cannot see Peter falling for a 25-year-old. Then again Billie Piper might fall for him, she does like the older man after all, and if all else fails there is always Catherine Tate.
So when do you get too old to do something or wear an item of clothes?
Why should women over 40 cut their hair short? Why should men over 15 stones have to stop wearing Speedos?
It’s funny because as you get older, you don’t become ‘too old’ to do something, you just get bored doing the same old things over and over again.
I’m not too old to go to Ibiza on the lads’ holiday with non-stop beer and night clubs, it’s just that I’ve done that and no longer want to spend my days asleep or hungover and my nights in a packed, sweaty nightclub full of plonkers.
I want more from my life.
At 40 is Scott Mills too old for Radio 1? Is John Motson too old to commentate on Match of the Day and is Bruce Forsyth too old for Strictly Come Dancing?
Let’s face it, he does run rings around Tess Daly and husband Vernon Kay.
So, before we write off Peter Capaldi for being ‘too old’ to be the ageless Timelord, let his acting and charisma do the talking.
I think it will be quite a while before we have to fit a Stannah Stairlift to the Tardis.