Dr Who: Just Who Is Peter Capaldi?


Peter Capaldi has been named as the 12th Doctor in the BBC sci-fi series, Doctor Who.

He will take over TARDIS duties from the current Doctor, Matt Smith on the 25th December 2013 for the annual Doctor Who Christmas Special.

But just who is this guy?

For those who don’t know, Peter Capaldi is a star of stage and screen who is arguably (in my opinion anyway) one of the greatest British television actors working today.

He is also no stranger to the world of Doctor Who. He appeared as Caecilius in the 2008 DW episode “The Fires Of Pompei” and as civil servant John Frobisher in the incredible Torchwood: Children Of Earth. His love for all things ‘Who’ isn’t just professional as he’s a lifelong fan having even written to the RadioTimes at the age of 15 to thank them for Daleks and television specials. In the letter he also said:

“I hope that in 15 years’ time, in 1988, you will publish another [Doctor Who] Special to celebrate 25 years of wandering in time with the Doctor.”

And now that 15 year old fan is going to become the Doctor himself in the year that the show turns 50. It’s all rather fitting.

Fancy a real ‘Mind=Blown’ moment? Well, this year Capaldi was in World War Z as a World Health Organisation doctor or in other words… a Dr for W.H.O! Nuts right.


Peter Capaldi has also won an Academy Award in 1995 for his short film, Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life, which he both wrote and directed.

During a BBC special aired last night, Steven Moffat, the executive producer and head writer of the show, said that casting Capaldi as the Doctor was an “incendiary combination”.

He went on to call him, “One of the most talented actors of his generation is about to play the best part on television.”

Speaking on the same show, Capaldi said:

“I haven’t really played Doctor Who since I was nine, in the playground, so as an adult actor I’d never worked on it. So what I did, I downloaded some old scripts from the internet and practised them in front of the mirror.”

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All this aside, Peter Calpaldi is most famous for one role in particular and that is of the iconic Malcolm Tucker, governmental spin-doctor in The Thick Of It and In The Loop.

Malcolm Tucker is, in my opinion, one of the greatest and most complex characters to have ever been on television. His apparent hatred of most people coupled with his delivery of some of the greatest swear words and insults ever put to film are stunning. From the classic “Come the f*ck in or f*ck the f*ck off” to his put down of the obnoxious Linton towards the end of In The Loop (see video at the end of this post), Tucker’s language and bile has never failed to impress. He even got to utter the brilliant word ‘Omnishambles’ which would later become the Oxford Dictionary Word Of The Year.

One of Malcolm Tucker’s finest moments has to be this description of Star Wars.

Please note that the following video is absolutely NSFW unless you have headphones.

But Malcolm Tucker was more than just the rabid personification of aggression. He was also a torn, fractured and battered family man which was played with such subtlety that it could almost be missed entirely. But it’s this performance alone that makes me think know that Capaldi could become one of the most perfectly broken Doctors ever.

If you need a less-sweary proof of this then check out this scene from the excellent The Hour:

While can be certain that Capaldi’s Doctor won’t be spouting any kinds of foul language we can be sure that this Doctor is going to be explosive. I predict scowling mixed with wry smiles, sarcasm with excitement and the deepest dive yet in to the most broken and fascinating character in science fiction history.

And if you hear anyone complaining about having this man as the next Doctor, just remember that they said the exact same thing when Matt Smith took over from David Tennant.

Until we get to see the new Doctor, here’s Capaldi at his finest with one of the best insults you’ll ever hear. Again this is definitely NSFW!

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