|Birth date:||14 April 1958|
|In the DWU|
|Notable non-DWU work:|
The Thick Of It
In The Loop
Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life
|Work for which Peter Capaldi is known|
|Another thing Peter Capaldi is known for|
Peter Capaldi (b. 14 April 1958), is a Scottish actor and Academy Award-winning director. He has played three roles in the Doctor Who franchise, most notably that of the Twelfth Doctor. He first played the Doctor in a brief cameo in The Day of the Doctor, broadcast on 23 November 2013, and succeeded Matt Smith in the role officially in the following story, The Time of the Doctor, first broadcast on 25 December 2013.
Like Sixth Doctor Colin Baker before him, Capaldi appeared in a different role in Doctor Who prior to playing the Doctor, portraying Caecilius in The Fires of Pompeii, first broadcast in 2008. He also appeared in all five episodes of Torchwood: Children of Earth in 2009, playing John Frobisher.
At 55 years of age at the time of his casting, and at the time of filming his first scenes as the Doctor, Capaldi is the same age as William Hartnell and the oldest actor since Hartnell to begin playing the Doctor on a regular basis (John Hurt was older by almost 20 years when he first appeared in the role, but his War Doctor was never intended to be ongoing).
Capaldi is the third Scottish actor to be cast as the Doctor, after Sylvester McCoy and David Tennant. Like McCoy, but unlike Tennant, with his first appearance in the role it was confirmed that Capaldi would play the part with his natural accent.
Relationship with Doctor Who
During the Jon Pertwee years of Doctor Who, Capaldi sent scripts to the production office. Barry Letts began a correspondence with Capaldi, which eventually resulted in an invitation for the youngster to visit BBC Television Centre. Capaldi met Letts, Terrance Dicks and Pertwee. He later cited the incident as formative to his career as a professional actor, writer and director. (BBC DVD: The Monster of Peladon)
Capaldi was announced as the Twelfth Doctor in a live broadcast simulcast worldwide on 4 August 2013. His appearance on the programme was notable for his striking a pose identified with William Hartnell's First Doctor — adjusting his lapels — as he took the stage.
His debut appearance during the climax of The Day of the Doctor was kept a surprise from viewers as the BBC had indicated he would debut at Christmas. His initial appearance, lasting only a couple of seconds, reveals little other than his hand pulling a lever in his TARDIS and an extreme close-up on his eyes.
Other notable work
Capaldi is the first Academy Award-winner to be cast as the Doctor. This was in the Live Action Short Film category for Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life starring Richard E. Grant and Crispin Letts (son of Barry Letts), which he wrote and directed.
Capaldi began his acting career in 1983 with a supporting role in the film Local Hero. Prior to this, he attended art school in Glasgow and fronted several musical groups, including one featuring Craig Ferguson, who later became an American talk show host and avid promoter of Doctor Who.
Outside Doctor Who, he is perhaps best known to audiences as the foul-mouthed Director of Communications, Malcolm Tucker, throughout the entire run of the BBC sit-com The Thick Of It, which inspired an American series titled Veep. He also played this role in the Oscar-nominated spin-off feature film, In The Loop. He appeared as Tucker for the last time before taking on the role of the Doctor in 2012.
Capaldi was cast as the Doctor while in the midst of filming the first season of The Musketeers, a BBC One series in which he plays antagonist Cardinal Richelieu. The 10-episode series began airing in the UK in January 2014, and it was confirmed that, due to his new commitments to Doctor Who, Capaldi will not return to the series if it is renewed for a second season.
Around the time of the casting announcement, Capaldi was appearing in a small role in the Hollywood disaster movie World War Z as a doctor from the World Health Organisation (WHO). After he was cast as the Doctor, media attention was given to the fact that he was credited in the film as "WHO Doctor."
Prior to the broadcast of Series 8, Capaldi was to appear in the Angelina Jolie film Maleficent, but his scenes were cut during the editing.
Outside of acting, Capaldi is also known for presenting a number of arts-related documentaries, including A Portrait of Scotland, and the 2013 production Inside the Mind of Leonardo.
Capaldi is the only actor to play the Doctor to have significant above the line credits on both sides of the camera prior to taking on the job.
In the DWU
Peter Capaldi also exists within the Doctor Who universe, as the Eleventh Doctor said in the comic story The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who that he rescued the actor from a Mandrel. Later in the story, during a visit to a parallel universe where he is a character in a TV series, the Doctor tells actor Matt Smith that Capaldi would be a good choice to play him on TV.
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