And The New Doctor Who Is….

by |August 5, 2013

Scottish actor Peter Capaldi has just been announced as the new Doctor Who, leaving most of the world outside Britain saying….

…who is Peter Capaldi?

While a late blooming star in his native Britain, Capaldi has rarely ventured into film and is a relative unknown everywhere else in the world. To help with the transition, we’ve put together a fact file on Doctor Who version 12.0.


Birthplace: Glasgow

TV Appearances: The Thick Of It, Peep Show, Foyle’s War, The Vicar of Dibley, Prime Suspect, Midsomer Murders.

Film Appearances: In The Loop, Dangerous Liaisons, Bean, and Magicians.

Awards: 2010 BAFTA for Best Comedy Performance, 2010 British Comedy Award for Best Television Actor, 2012 British Comedy Award for Best Television Actor.

Trivia: As a child Capaldi’s favourite Television Shows were Doctor Who and The Fugitive. His favourite film is The Godfather: Part II.

Outgoing Doctor Matt Smith has joined the party in welcoming Capaldi’s casting.

“I wish my successor all the best and say good luck and good on you for getting it, because I know he’s both a huge fan of the show and a really nice guy,” he said.

“The casting made me ready excited and as a fan I think it’s a canny choice. If I had to pick someone, I’d pick him because I think he’s great. I’m excited because I know what’s coming and he’s going to have a blast.”

Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC Drama Commissioning said Capaldi was “an extraordinarily talented actor who can seemingly turn his hand to anything”.

“We can’t wait to premiere his unique take on the Doctor on Christmas Day and we are sure he’s going to become one of the all-time classic Doctors.”

And there’s no better way to travel forward (like The Doctor) than by going back (like The Doctor) to where it all began. Don’t miss out on or special Doctor Who mini-site, full of all things Who!

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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  • August 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Exceptionally talented actor. That is it. Lovely to watch, with a huge range of expression. And- a distinctively Scottish accent- every planet should have a Scotland, and I was so disappointed when the man from Paisley sounded so English.

  • August 5, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I think that Capaldi is a superb choice as the Doctor and as a life long fan will bring so much to the role. I can’t wait for Series 8!

    I’m currently undertaking my first marathon in which I watch every episode broadcast, in chronological order, and then blog about it – 50 Years in 50 Weeks. You can check out my blog at

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