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12th Doctor is Peter Capaldi

A big shocker from the BBC

By Robert T. Trate     August 04, 2013
Source: BBC/ BBC America

The rumors are over and now the anticipation can begin. The BBC, in a live press conference as introduced the Doctor Who. Though I don’t think anyone expected a Doctor older than the last three incarnations. Here is the official press release from BBC America and the BBC. Check out the interview released by the BBC below the press release. 

Press Release: Amid much hype and speculation, Peter Capaldi was unveiled as the next Doctor during a special live television event on BBC AMERICA and BBC ONE today.
Widely regarded as one of the biggest roles in British television, Capaldi will be the Twelfth Doctor and takes over from Matt Smith who leaves the show at Christmas.
Peter Capaldi says: “Being asked to play The Doctor is an amazing privilege. Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can't wait to get started."
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer says: “It's an incendiary combination: one of the most talented actors of his generation is about to play the best part on television. Peter Capaldi is in the TARDIS!”
Doctor Who companion, Jenna Coleman says "I'm so excited Peter Capaldi is the man taking on the challenge of becoming the Twelfth Doctor. With Steven's writing and his talent I know we'll be making an amazing show with an incredible incarnation of number 12. I can't wait to start this new adventure!"

Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One says : “Peter Capaldi has all the genius and versatility needed to take on the mantel of the great Time Lord and make the role his own.  He'll bring his own particular wisdom, charisma and wit to the Twelfth Doctor and take the show into an exciting new era.”
Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says : “We started thinking Peter Capaldi might be the right person to take on this iconic part a few months ago. But it was only when he did a secret audition at Steven's house under the cover of darkness that we knew we had our man. He's an extraordinarily talented actor who can seemingly turn his hand to anything. We can't wait to premiere his unique take on the Doctor on Christmas Day and we are sure he's going to become one of the all-time classic Doctor’s.”
Doctor Who airs is produced by BBC Cymru Wales.

Peter Capaldi is an award winning actor, film maker and lifelong Doctor Who fan. 

He has enjoyed an illustrious career to date in both film and television.

Before securing the coveted role of the Twelfth Doctor, Peter first appeared in Doctor Who in 2008, playing Caecilius in the episode "The Fires of Pompeii".

Peter grew up in Glasgow and attended the Glasgow School of Art, while studying there he secured his first breakthrough role in Local Hero (1983).  He has also had roles in Dangerous Liaisons, The Crow Road, The Devil’s Whore and Torchwood: Children of Earth.

It is his role as Government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC comedy series, The Thick of It, that has earned Peter both international and award success.  In 2010 he won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Role and the BPG Best Actor Award. In both 2010 and 2012, Peter won the British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor.  A film spin-off from The Thick of It, entitled In the Loop, was released in 2009.

As well as appearing in front of the camera, Peter is an award winning film maker.  In 1995, he won the Oscar for Best Short Film (Live Action) for Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life.  He also wrote Soft Top, Hard Shoulder, which won the audience award at the London Film Festival, and wrote and directed Strictly Sinatra. Peter's stage credits include Professor Marcus inThe Ladykillers at the Liverpool Playhouse, which saw the play transfer to the Gielgud Theatre in London.

2013 has been a busy year for Peter who has been seen on screen in the film World War Z and in the BBC AMERICA and BBC Two drama series The Hour, for which he was BAFTA nominated.  Not only will Peter film his first scenes for Doctor Whothis Autumn, but he will appear in the forthcoming film The Fifth Estate and the Disney film Maleficent.

Peter is currently filming new BBC AMERICA and BBC One drama series The Musketeers, in which he plays Cardinal Richelieu which will launch in early 2014.


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TheSilentKiller 8/4/2013 2:10:35 PM

 This is good. Hopefully it kills off the romance that was starting to be hinted at.

doublec 8/4/2013 2:50:46 PM

 Not overly familiar with this guy but he looks the part and has very good credentials. We'll see what he brings.
All you people calling for a more diverse Doctor, my strong suggestion is push for a spinoff featuring a female Time Lord. I've thought it would be a good idea for years. My title for it, even tho it's not particularly PC anymore, would be Time Lady.  And I think Lenora Crichlow would be an obvious first choice to star.

Chopsaki 8/4/2013 3:23:29 PM

 Ironically enough in the movie World War Z he plays a Doctor in the World Health Orginization. :)

InnerSanctum 8/4/2013 4:12:29 PM

 To bad he can't talk like he did In the Loop..."Not the @#$! Deleks again!"  

Good choice.  I like him.  Looking forward to seeing what he will bring to the role. 

Dodgyb2001 8/4/2013 6:07:55 PM

@Inner Sanctum, I laughed so hard....

Dodgyb2001 8/4/2013 6:09:24 PM

I think he'll be a great doctor. I've been waiting for an older doctor for a long while, and he should be perfect. Hopefully, as a fan, he'll stick around more than 2 years. It'd be nice to have a nice 5 year stretch with the same doctor.

fenngibbon 8/4/2013 8:59:41 PM

 It's a bit wild because he's as old as William Hartnell was when Hartnell played the Doctor, and yet I can't imagine him playing the Doctor as the old man Hartnell played him.

Also, he was in a punk rock band with Craig Ferguson, and, given that Ferguson is a massive Doctor Who fan, the next new episode of The Late Late Show is going to be a riot.

All in all, I feel very good about the future of the show.

Dazzler 8/5/2013 3:56:30 AM

Wait I thought they were going with a gay, black, female Dr? 

makabriel 8/5/2013 5:15:26 AM

 @Dazzler.  Fortunately the BBC doesn't feel the need to be PC about everything.

Munkey421e 8/5/2013 5:44:57 AM

So Glad they are going back to the to tried and true formula of an Older Doctor. was getting a little worn out on the the idea of the doctor "catching feelings" with all his companions. looking forward to more companion relationships along the lines of the 3rd Doctor and Jodie. Hope this doctor knows some Judo!

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