Last Sunday after much secrecy and speculation, the BBC finally revealed  the actor cast as the 12th Doctor in the popular television show Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi. First airing in 1963, Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction show on TV. It is structured such that the Doctor, a traveler through time and space, regenerates after traumatic experiences, allowing new actors to take over the role. Regenerations and subsequent casting decisions are generally met with mixed emotions and widely varying opinions from fans of the show, and Sunday’s announcement was no different.
A Scottish actor, screenwriter and film director, Peter Capaldi has appeared in a wide range of television shows and movies since the beginning of his career in the early 1980s. He also directed a live action short film (Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life), for which he won an Academy Award in 1995. A multi-talented actor, Capaldi is perhaps best known for his role as the spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker in the British TV show The Thick of It, and its spin-off movie In the Loop .
Capaldi is no stranger to the Doctor Who franchise. At fifteen, he wrote a letter to Radio Times , a British magazine, concerning the show. He also appeared in a previous episode of Doctor Who (“The Fires of Pompeii” with David Tennant) and on a season of Torchwood , a Doctor Who spin-off show. His lifelong love for the show and his commitment to the Doctor and the fans should go far in appeasing those still resistant to the regeneration.
Fortunately, Peter Capaldi won’t appear in an episode of Doctor Who until later this year, giving fans of the show plenty of time to watch some of his other film and TV projects and evaluate his acting qualifications!
If you’re new to the Doctor Who universe but want to give the series a chance, browse the HCPL catalog and see what adventures some of the past Doctors have experienced!
What do you think of the new Doctor? Will Peter Capaldi bring his own charismatic twist to the role and win over diehard fans?