Doctor Who: 19 Things We Miss About the Twelfth Doctor

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As the Ninth Doctor once said, "Everything has its time, and everything dies." That's always been especially true with Doctor Who, given that the main character is designed to regenerate and be played by a new person every so often. 

I recently ended up knee-deep in a Doctor Who rewatch and I found myself really connecting with the Twelfth Doctor. 

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In a 2014 Radio Times article that interviewed a cross-section of fans, Neela Debnath from The Independent said, "There's none of the flirty silliness -- Capaldi is as abrasive as walking through Glasgow on a midwinter's night." 

Watching Capaldi's scenes again it definitely feels like there's a darker tone to the character in these seasons, and yet he's still mirthful when he wants to be. The wise and stoic Doctor had some pretty big shoes to fill but still left an impression on fans. 

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And even though the Thirteenth Doctor has arrived, and is finding her footing, it's hard not to miss the Scotsman just a little bit. 

Here are 19 things we miss about the Twelfth Doctor. Want to rewatch his seasons? You can watch Doctor Who online to relive all of the Twelfth Doctor's best moments.  


1. His Eyebrows

His Eyebrows
Think about the Twelfth Doctor and one of the first things you'll probably think of is his eyebrows. Every Doctor seems to have one trait that becomes a running gag. For Peter Capaldi, it was his eyebrows. More accurately, very expressive eyebrows that could "pop bottle tops off." But really, what was all the fuss about? They're pretty fine looking eyebrows.

2. His Hair

His Hair
During the Twelfth Doctor's run the marvel that was Peter Capaldi's hair progressed. While it was a well kept at the start of Doctor Who Season 8, by the time of his regeneration it gave him a bit of a genius scientist vibe that kind of suited him.

3. His Sonic Glasses

His Sonic Glasses
The Doctor's sonic glasses were an interesting addition to Doctor Who Season 9, but we can say with certainty that The Doctor handles wearable technology better than some people with an Apple Watch. (Also, it looked pretty good with his outfit.)

4. His Scottish Accent

His Scottish Accent
Fewer moments are more precious in the Twelfth Doctor's era as when he finally realizes that he's Scottish. As he says on Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 1, "Deep Breath," "I can complain about things. I can really complain about things."

5. His Aversion to Hugs

His Aversion to Hugs
Some Doctors are cute and cuddly, but the Twelfth Doctor isn't and he's not afraid of making it know. While Clara constantly tries to hug him throughout Doctor Who Series 8, he maintains that he's "not a hugging person," or "against the hugging." It's a little jarring after seeing him hug so many of his companions, but at the same time it's refreshing. Sometimes, you just don't want to be touched.

6. His Confusion Over Furniture

His Confusion Over Furniture
During Doctor Who Series 8 the Doctor was constantly amused by Clara's life. One moment that sticks out is his amusement over Clara's living space and her three-way vanity mirror. Some people just don't get it.

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