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Peter Capaldi announced as 12th Doctor Who

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In what we can expect to be a slight change from BAFTA and British Comedy Award winning role of foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker in The Thick Of It, Capaldi will be joining current companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) in the recently revamped TARDIS come Christmas this year.  

For months, viewers had speculated as to whether the Doctor’s upcoming regeneration would herald a drastic change, with some thinking that the lead role would go to a black actor, or that we would see the first female Doctor. Bookies favourites for the role had included Daniel Rigby, Ben Daniels and Rory Kinnear – that is, until late Friday evening, when a sudden rush of wagers on Peter Capaldi taking the role of the last Timelord led bookmakers to stop taking bets. Does this suggest that someone, somehow, let slip that Capaldi was the one in line to fill the shoes of Matt Smith, David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston, Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Richard Hurndall, Peter Davison, Tom Baker, Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton and William Hartnell?

Perhaps the rise in bets on Capaldi was due to the show’s creator, Steven Moffat, saying that he had not ruled out the possibility of an older Doctor, flying in the face of what seemed to be a trend of young actors landing the part, Matt Smith being the youngest to play the Doctor at just 26 years old.  Or, perhaps it was Capaldi’s already strong links with the BBC – as well as The Thick Of It, Capaldi also starred in Our Brave Boys, Mr Wakefield’s Crusade and briefly in The Vicar of Dibley – and, in particular, with Doctor Who that prompted viewers to pin their hopes and banknotes on him. 

Fans of the show may or may not have realised that Capaldi has previously appeared in episodes of both Doctor Who and spin-off show Torchwood.  In 2008, he played Caecilius in ‘The Fires of Pompeii’, before appearing as John Frobisher in the 2009 Torchwood episode ‘Children of Earth’.  Moffat revealed on Doctor Who Live on Sunday night that "this person [Capaldi] briefly went through my mind the last time and I didn’t think they were right. This time… that moment has arrived."

With a lot of loose ends still left to tie up by the end of the year, it’s safe to bet that fans will be glued to the screen for both the 50th Anniversary and the Christmas Special, which will show both Capaldi’s introduction as the Doctor and Smith’s final farewell.  All that remains to be seen is whether Capaldi can live up to the legacy of the eleven Doctors before him (listed above in reverse chronological order, if you fancy brushing up on your universal history) and, of course, whether he will cut it with the show’s young female following in the wake of Tennant and Smith? No? Come on, surely it’s not just me…




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