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Peter Dougan Capaldi (born 14 April 1958) played the Twelfth Doctor in Doctor Who and the Class episode For Tonight We Might Die, Lobus Caecilius in the Doctor Who episode The Fires of Pompeii, and John Frobisher in Torchwood: Children of Earth.
At 55 years of age at both the time of his casting and the time of filming his first scenes as the Doctor in the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, Capaldi was 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 incarnation was never intended to be ongoing).
Relationship with Doctor Who Edit
During the Jon Pertwee years of Doctor Who, young man 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 one and a half seconds, revealed little other than his hand pulling a lever in his TARDIS and an extreme close-up on his eyes.
In November 2015, he appeared with Peter Jackson in a spoof video called Home Invasion in which he, as the Twelfth Doctor, attempts to get Jackson to sign a contract to direct an episode of Doctor Who. He also starred as the Twelfth Doctor in the Sprout Boy meets a Galaxy of Stars.
Other notable work Edit
Capaldi is the first Academy Award-winner to be cast as the Doctor. He received the award 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 the host of an American talk show, as well as an 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 2013.
Capaldi was cast as the Doctor while in the midst of filming the first series of The Musketeers, a BBC One series in which he played antagonist Cardinal Richelieu, broadcast in 2014. Capaldi did not return to the role for The Musketeers' second series.
Around the time of the casting announcement, Capaldi appeared 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.
Being both an actor and an Academy Award-winning director, 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 Edit
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 the Doctor 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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- ↑ McAlpine, Fraser. ‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: Happy Birthday, Peter Capaldi!. BBC America. Retrieved on 6 November 2016.