‘Doctor Who’ fans talk Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi on Twitter

Dec. 26, 2013 | 7:30 a.m.

“Times change, and so must I.”

Thus spoke the 11th Doctor, as played by Matt Smith, moments before the time-traveling extraterrestrial shed his appearance and regenerated in a new form — this time played by Peter Capaldi. (Fans who missed the Christmas episode, beware — there are spoilers ahead.)

The passing of the Doctor mantle came during the final moments of “The Time of the Doctor,” the show’s ninth Christmas special since its 2005 revival and the 800th episode in its 50-year history. Smith’s 11th Doctor spent most of the episode protecting the town of Christmas on the planet Trenzalore, and aging significantly in the process. After delivering his swan song aboard the Tardis, the 11th Doctor quickly morphed into the 12th.

Viewers didn’t have much time to see Capaldi in action, as his arrival was brief and hectic: Upon regenerating, the wild-eyed 12th Doctor exclaimed, “Kidneys — I’ve got new kidneys!” and proceeded to complain about their color. He then asked an equally bewildered Clara (Jenna Coleman), “Do you happen to know how to fly this thing?”

Reaction to the new Doctor on Twitter was largely positive. Though many fans were sad to see Smith go, most were also cautiously optimistic about Capaldi or outright excited. Here’s a sampling:

What did you think of the new Doctor? Let us know in the comments.

– Oliver Gettell

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