Originally Posted by vfxproducer
There are several actors who played multiple characters in the Star Trek universe. I don't see this as being a big deal.
True ...but did any of them play Kirk, Picard, Archer, Spock, Worf, (and no ... Data doesn't count here, those multiples had specific explanations and reasons to exist
How would you feel If "Yeoman Rand" suddenly reappeared as "Janeway?" "Kahn" for "Picard?" ... What would you think if Mark Sheppard (who had roughly the same amount of Whoverse "guest" time as Capaldi/Frobisher) got "The Doctor" gig?
OTOH, Checkov showing up as "Mr. Bester" is an entirely different thing.
Capaldi isn't the"problem" per se, the problem (for me) is that with this choice, Moffat seems to want us to voluntarily RETCON TW:COE ... I can understand the impulse to want to bury and forget "Miracle Day," but "Children of Earth" was certainly a fine addition to the Whoverse.
Then again, Moffat might actually be clever enough to be able to explain how "The Doctor" wound up being a sweaty, hapless, desperate middle management government type with a human family who got stuck between a rock and a hard place for five days in 2009: Funky Gallifreyian watches and Tessaractical Androidish Spaceshipish timey, whimey things et al.
I'd like to see him try that.
Edit: Apologies to Mark
(A.) Sheppard (aka Crowley, Romo Lampkin et. al) for misspelling his name.