Going with what some see as one of the safer choices amongst a more diverse selection of candidates that some had speculated would take on the role of the iconic Time Lord, BBC announced that Scottish actor Peter Capaldi (Local Hero, Lair of the White Worm) is officially the 12th Doctor Who.
Capaldi had appeared in Doctor Who previously in 2008 as Caecilius in the episode, “The Fires of Pompeii” and in a handful of episodes of the Who spinoff, Torchwood. Some might see that as a bit of a conflict of interest, but it really shouldn’t be an issue. You might as well get flustered over one of his most recent credits was as a W.H.O. doctor (World Health Organization) in Brad Pitt’s World War Z.
Other candidates fans had speculated to take on the role had been Billie Piper, once a companion of the Eccleston and Tennant Doctors (and would have been the first female Doctor), Idris Elba (Luther, Pacific Rim, The Wire), who would have been the first Doctor who wasn’t white, and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film series), who would have likely been the youngest of all Doctors and pulled an ostensibly younger audience to the 50 year old franchise.
What do you think of the new Doctor Who? Are you looking forward to seeing Capaldi take on the role? What do you expect his take on the iconic character will be?
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