In the special “Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor” it was officially announced that Peter Capaldi (photo ©Hilary Perkins) will be the Twelfth Doctor. The regeneration of the Eleventh Doctor is scheduled for the special episode of Christmas 2013.
In the two months almost to the day that have passed since the announcement that Matt Smith would leave the role of the Doctor, the rumors but also the bet have started on the actor who’d be chosen to play the Twelfth Doctor. In UK they bet on everything so the new Doctor has been a godsend for the bookmakers.
Many actors were considered among the candidates but those weren’t official news and the presumed favourites of a day were forgotten the next day. Last Friday, however, betting have been suspended because Peter Capaldi was suddenly considered almost certainly chosen for the role. The actor has already participated in “Doctor Who”, playing Caecilius in the episode “The Fires of Pompeii”, the same that saw the Karen Gillan’s debut. Above all, he had an important role in “Torchwood: Children of Earth” playing John Frobisher.
Peter Capaldi was born on April 14, 1958 in Glasgow, Scotland. His father’s family comes from Italy while the maternal one from Ireland. He already has a lot of experience as an actor being much older than most of his predecessors. He won the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film in 1995, the British Comedy Awards in 2010 and the British Comedy Awards in 2012. I’ve seen him only in the above-mentioned roles in “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood”, where he showed great intensity as a dramatic actor.
Let’s wait to see the characterization of the Twelfth Doctor as he always changes his personality after regeneration. It will also be interesting to see if there will be an explanation for the fact that he looks the same as the other characters of that fictional universe played by Peter Capaldi.
probably the first complaints have already started because for some reason isn’t good as the Doctor and for a long time someone will claim that Matt Smith was another thing, the stories aren’t as good as they used to and the BBC might as well cancel “Doctor Who”. As usual. 🙄