The timelord Dr Who meets Peter Capaldi this year, when the 55 year-old Scottish actor/director steps into Matt Smith’s doctor’s shoes. Capaldi’s “donning of the tardis” will be the 12th time that Dr Who has “morphed” into a new incarnation.
Fans of the award winning actor know him from the also award winning, The Thick of It. The show is a British television comedy series that hit TV screens in 2005 on BBC Four. The series is a satire about the inner workings of a modern British government. It follows the fictional Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship, and most of the episodes center on the department’s current minister and a core cast of advisors and civil servants, who are all under the watchful eye of Number 10’s enforcer, Malcolm Tucker (Capaldi).
Peter has won an Academy award for his directorial skills in 1995 for his short film, Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life. He’s also won a total of 12 awards as well as having been nominated 16 times for other awards. He won several awards for his portrayal of Malcolm Tucker in The thick of It and for the film In the Loop which was made from the same series.
Capaldi has been working steadily in the entertainment industry since 1982 as an actor, writer, and director. He has worked in 30 films (three of which were short films) and in numerous television programmes and TV movies. He’s directed four features and he directed seven episodes of the television series Getting On.
Some of his film work was in Hollywood features that included World War Z, Dangerous Liaisons, The Lair of the White Worm and his debut film, Local Hero which featured film star Burt Lancaster.
On an interesting side note, Capaldi has been to the Dr Who verse before. And since Peter’s been in the timelord’s world before, Dr Who meeting Peter Capaldi may not be such a surprise.
In 2008 he played the character of Caecilius in The Fires of Pompeii, back when the actor David Tennant played the doctor and English comedienne Catherine Tate played the doctor’s assistant.
Capaldi has another previous connection with Dr Who apart from his appearance in The Fires of Pompeii. In 2009 he worked on the third series of Torchwood: Children of Earth, a science fiction program starring John Barrowman. The series had new producer Peter Bennett and was directed by Euros Lyn. Lyn had a lot of experience on the “revived” Doctor Who.
The Glasgow born actor is a patron of the Association for International Cancer Research and the Scottish children’s charity, the Aberlour Child Care Trust. He currently lives in Crouch End with his wife, Elaine Collins, and their daughter Cecily.
On August 4 this year, the BBC announced during a live special that Capaldi would be playing the 12th doctor, replacing Matt Smith. Peter appeared on the live show and revealed that he’s been a lifelong fan of the Dr Who series. He also told how he wrote to the English periodical the Radio Times inquiring about a 25th Anniversary Special during season 10 of the show.
So the new doctor is a fan, and has connections to the verse already. It seems that Dr Who meets Peter Capaldi as more of an old chum rather than “the new boy on the block.”
By Michael Smith