Doctor Who – The Twelth Doctor IS Peter Capaldi
I am a huge fan iof Doctor Who and have been for as long as I can remember. I got into the show when the legend that is Tom Baker was in the role (which he remained in for a record 7 years). I came into the show during 1976 which was Elisabeth Sladen’s final series as investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith. I am happy to call myself a Whovian. The best science fiction show on the tele box.
Since Matt Smith announced his departure from Doctor Who on 4th June 2013, the search has been on to find a worthy replacement. Much speculation has been bounded about from the press and the fanbase, with such names as: Ben Daniels, Idris Elba, Domonic Cooper, Domhnall Gleeson as well as female actors – Dame Helen Mirren, Sue Perkins and 2 times BAFTA winner Olivia Coleman. 7pm this evening, the wait was finally over. In a special BBC One programme – Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, which was simutaniously aired around the world. The programme was presented by Zoë Ball with on the sofa guests: Peter Davison (Fifth Doctor), comic actress Liza Tarbuck (Mount Pleasant), and child actor Daniel Roche (Outnumbered), along with comedian Rufus Hound and the marvellous Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott) was there in person.
There were contributions from former companions including Anneke Wills (Polly), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Janet Fielding (Tegan) and Bonnie Langford (Mel). Writer and actor Mark Gatiss also features in the show by way of a specially recorded video. There’ll also be video contributions from Professor Robert Winston, Jo Whiley, Bruno Tonioli and following his appearance in The Power of Three, Professor Brian Cox.
That took care of the first 28 minutes of this Doctor Who special before Zoë Ball finally got around to actually revealing the identity of the actor who will be filling the shoes of Matt Smith and taking over the helm of the TARDIS; PETER CAPALDI. At the age of 55, he is the oldest Doctor of the rebooted version of Doctor Who (so since 2005). In fact, he is the same age as William Hartnell when he became the Doctor back in 1966. Peter is a veteran of the Whoniverse with an appearance in the 2008 episode The Fires Of Pompeii where he played Caecillius and in Torchwood:Children Of Earth as John Frobisher.
Capaldi is a ‘lifelong Doctor Who fan’. He says he prepared by downloading old scripts and practising in front of the mirror.
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.”
I am happy with their choice for the twelth Doctor. Like many Whovians, I wanted the next actor to be older than the last three – Ninth Doctor Chris Eccleston (41), Tenth Doctor David Tennant (34) and out-going Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith (26). I personally was hoping that they would choose an actor who was in their late 40’s / early 50’s just liek back in the 1960’s and 1970’s. I just wish they chosen a Welsh actor 🙂
The picture I put together using the present Doctor Who title logo and an image of Peter Capaldi from the SKY ARTS1 documentary programme ‘Inside The Mind Of Leonardo’ (Da Vinci).
I can’t wait for the Christmas episode and Matt’s regeneration into Peter. Excited much 😀
(( Cwtch ))