Or rather, welcome back. Yesterday on Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, BBC unveiled the 12th Doctor, due to make his appearance in this year’s Christmas Special. And the new Doctor is…Peter Capaldi!
If you follow Doctor Who at all, you’ll probably know by now that Peter has appeared on the show before, in the episode “The Fires of Pompeii,” (as Caecilius) and that he has also appeared in the Whoverse spin-off series, Torchwood: Children of Earth as British Home Secretary John Frobisher. Not only that, but he is a proclaimed life-long fan of Doctor Who. In any case, Peter is no stranger to the world of Who!
Peter Capaldi is a well-known actor, perhaps most known for his role in the comedic series The Thick of It, as Malcolm Tucker, a foul-mouthed, grumpy doctor. He has also appeared in BBC’s The Hour, as well many other roles, which you can find here.
When I first saw Peter had been cast as the new Doctor, I was a bit reserved – not really sure I would like him or not (which is ridiculous really – the Doctor is the Doctor. It may take a while to get used to his new face, but he’s the Doctor. How could you not like him?). After seeing his interview on YouTube however, I warmed right up to him. I am excited to see him in his new role and see where he takes us in the show. Excited and sad! (I will miss Matt Smith when he leaves.)
So what are your thoughts, fellow Whovians? Are you happy with the casting? What do you think Peter will bring to the show? Let the discussions, debates and theories begin.