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The New Phone Book Doctor Is Here!

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | August 4, 2013 | Comments ()

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Though Matt Smith’s Eleven has yet to say a proper goodbye, the BBC seems quite anxious to usher him out, and to welcome in Twelve. This past Thursday it was announced we’d be hearing the big news via a live special today. Following a repeat of the soul-crushing loss of David Tennant’s Ten in “The End of Time,” “”Doctor Who Live” The Next Doctor,” host Zoe Ball revealed the Time Lord’s next incarnation as…

Peter Capaldi


A lifelong fan himself (been practicing for the role since “I was nine”), 55 year old Capaldi appeared in Series 4 (2008) as Caecillus, and in “Torchwood: Children of Earth” as John Frobisher; the “The Thick of It” and In the Loop star is a brilliant choice.

The “Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special” in 3D will air live November 23rd.

Here’s the BBC’s announcement, and Capaldi’s first appearance as the 12th Doctor.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) is thrilled we didn’t get a twelve…year old.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Zirza

    Surprising even myself, I am entirely ambivalent towards this choice. Not overly enthusiastic but not disappointed and slightly curious.

    So I guess we'll see.

    Sorry if I broke the internet.

  • Kathleen Allen

    seriously excited about the new doctor; as i haven't been since tennant left. silly or sinister, peter will be amazeballs.

  • Odnon.

    Helen Mirren as the new Companion anyone?

  • Afferbeck

    Is Clara staying on as companion, or are we going to get someone age-appropriate for the new Doc so we can continue the whole romance thing? It would be cool to see a return to older Doctor with for some reason young companion

  • I think she's the companion for at least next season.

  • ShidheshSL

    I never knew who this guy was, I didn't even notice him in the Pompeii episode of doctor who, but all I know is I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by his performance as a conflicted bureaucrat in children of earth. He has kind eyes and that's what I love the MOST about him! ^_^

  • BWeaves

    Even though I saw him first in the Pompeii episode of Doctor Who, he really made an impression on me as Frobisher in Torchwood: Children of Earth. He made such and impression that I looked him up. It's only then that I found out about Malcolm Tucker and then I was totally blown away. Capaldi can do anything.

    I know people like The Brig appeared as other characters in Doctor Who before they became their iconic character, but this must be the first time a character was two other characters in the Whoverse and then became the Doctor.

    UPDATE: I'm wrong. I think Colin Baker appeared as a different character before becoming the Doctor, too.

  • Mitchell Hundred

    Everyone's talking about the swearing, but the really important question is: Will the Twelfth Doctor be a Scot? Because I don't think I can buy Peter Capaldi without a Scottish accent.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I'll give the BBC all my money if they let Capaldi's Doctor swear like Malcolm.

    "Good morning, my little chicks and cocks."

    "Kiss my sweaty balls, Clara!"

  • Berry

    "That's fucking time and relative fucking dimensions in fucking space."

  • chanohack


  • TheAggroCraig

    Once again, it is not Mr T, and so I'm afraid I remain uninterested.

  • Word.

  • Kirstini

    It's Uncle Rory! Anyone who was in their late teens or twenties in Scotland during the 1990s knew Peter Capaldi mostly from The Crow Road, an absolutely brilliant BBC adaptation of one of the late great Iain Banks' best novels. It's a totally different character from Malcolm Tucker: he plays the hippie biker ghost uncle (yes, really) - loveable, gentle, imaginative (and necessarily ethereal, as he was a ghost).

    The whole thing (this being a BBC series, it was only a four-parter) is up on YouTube*, and really worth checking out for a different, Doctorly side to Capaldi (as well as some great Scottish acting and writing and a cool early turn from pre-Hollywood Dougray Scott).

    *as the Beeb in their wisdom have made it very hard to get hold of, I have no problem with letting you know this.

  • Berry

    I remember that show! (I was a teen during the late 90's, but nowhere near Scotland.) It was good, but I can't for the life of me remember him in it.

    The book's really good too.

  • Kirstini

    He looked like this, kept popping up out of nowhere despite being dead, biker jacket?

  • How could anyone not be into this?

  • Nessun

    Thank the good Lord - does this mean we can abandon the ridiculous romantic entanglements in favour of decent sci-fi now? I'm sick to death of people snogging The Doctor or thinking they need to marry him. (Not that I think any older gent wouldn't be wanted that way, but it is harder to sell to the masses)

  • DataAngel

    Seriously this. I miss the father/daughter aspect of the relationships! Seven and Ace were perfect at this. I really REALLY want this to work and have Clara be the bright daughter and the Doctor all proud of her even though he's irritated that she isn't following his instructions.

  • BWeaves

    I agree with this, except I want to marry him.

  • chanohack

    That was my first thought as well. Hooray for platonic relationships!

  • Sorry, I was so busy crying my eyes out after The End of Time, I just wanted David Tennant back. Bad.

  • Skyler Durden

    I guess if they couldn't get Helen Mirren, this is a respectable alternative.

  • I never really warmed up to Smith. It seemed to me like you could never really take him all that seriously, like he was a kid wearing his dad's suit, you know? This new guy looks like he could bring the thunder, though.

    Going back and watching the video, he reminds me of the First Doctor, or possibly the Third.

  • chanohack

    He wasn't my favorite. It seemed like he took Tennent's fast talking and turbo-charged it to the point that I missed things in his big excited "I've saved us again" speeches.

  • Was it just me, or did he seem kind of off in his congratulations video? He came across kind of weird and spazzy.

  • chanohack

    Totally weird. "Why is he looking down? Why is he moving around so much?" -- Boyfriend.

  • It kind of reminded me of footage I've seen of people with various neuropathies. I hope he doesn't have some sort of early-onset Parkinson's or something.

  • $65530708

    Not Richard Ayoade but still a fantastic choice.

    *P.S. I miss you already Matt.

    **Ayoade (or Kate Ashfield) for 13.

  • Pants-are-a-must


    I am not entirely against this decision.

  • indarchandra

    Oh (am I limited to one comment?) Do you all remember when he played a transgender women on Prime Suspect? Wouldn't it it be brilliant if he did that for Doctor Who??

  • Jifaner

    He was great as Vera. I knew he looked familiar.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    ha ha a ha ha ha

    sorry I'm just imagining Moffat writing a transgender woman

  • Aislinn

    On the one hand: fuck yes, Malcolm Tucker!
    On the other hand: Moffat's still in charge of the show.

    And in conclusion, if they can get Paul Higgins (Jamie from The Thick of It/In the Loop) to play the Master, I might just start watching Doctor Who again.

  • indarchandra

    I'm so torn about this. Boy do I love Capaldi. I really do. But my irrational heart wanted Chiwetel Ejiofor or Romola Garai. I know they are busy and important and not subject to my whims... still, I'm pouting for the next half-hour, dag nabbit.

  • annie

    Disappointed they didn't choose from the plethora of awesome women working in the UK right now, but....

    This Doctor dropped acid with Craig Ferguson. That's just awesome.

  • Tinkerville

    I agree with what JoRo mentioned on Twitter though-- as much as I desperately want a female Doctor, I don't think Moffat's the right person to handle that. I'd rather wait for it to be done by someone other than Moffat who can do it well.

  • annie

    I saw that and totally agreed. Especially if you look at that time Moffatt technically did write the first female Doctor who immediately hooked up with the Master

  • Tinkerville

    I had never seen this before and went from "what goofy fun!" to "Rowan Atkinson would actually be an awesome Doctor!" to "what the HELL did I just watch?"

  • BWeaves

    Lick the mirror sexy!

    I really wish they would do an occasional comedy Doctor Who episode. William Hartnell had a whole comedy story arc that is unfortunately erased. I think it's the one where he landed in Rome and met Nero.

  • annie

    That's basically most Moffat experiences in a nutshell.

  • Ozioma

    Not only dropped acid, but played in a punk rock band with him.

    To say I'm looking forward to the next LLS is an understatement.

  • duckandcover

    How are they going to tame THAT Scottish accent?

  • indarchandra

    Why can't the doctor just have a scottish accent? Just because Tennant opted for an estuary accent doesn't mean it's canon. Is say let the dude speak as he chooses.

  • duckandcover

    Tongue-in-cheek comment was tongue-in-cheek comment.

  • Hazel Dean

    I sincerely hope they let him keep his natural accent.

  • himonoonna

    I desperately wanted Romola Garai, I admit, but I am both surprised and thrilled by the casting of Capaldi. He's a great, versatile actor who has a lot to bring to the role.

  • annie

    Yes, yes, yes to all of this. Romola (with red hair) was my number 1 choice, but I instinctively shouted YES when they said Peter's name.

  • himonoonna

    Me too! I nearly squeed.

  • sweetfrancaise

    As deeply as I'll mourn the loss of Smith, Capaldi is an EXCELLENT choice. It'll soften the blow.

  • Professor Sara

    I'm so relieved he's an older gent. I was afraid they were going to Benjamin Button the Doctor out of existence.

  • BWeaves

    If the Doctor got any younger, he'd be sperm.

  • Misomaniac

    What? You don't think Harry Styles would have done the part justice?

  • Professor Sara

    Hush your mouth! What if they hear you and remember it for next time?

  • Kala

    This. Yes.

  • annie

    I half-expected a 12 year old to walk out onto that stage.

  • Enrique del Castillo

    If they had chosen yet another quirky lookin white British man, I would have been annoyed because of the lack of diversity...and then they choose Malcolm Tucker for the Twelfth Doctor and I just can't say anything bad about the decision

  • There'll Be Pancakes

    Thrilled about the casting, disappointed his most mesmerising talent of usages for the word 'fuck' will not be properly utilised.

    Malcolm Tucker, the most foul-mouthed prick you can't take your eyes off. Scenes of the Doctor's rage will be absolutely epic.

  • Brian Stevenson

    Dame Helen Mirren or nothing!

  • bbmcrae

    So...nothing? Why not ask for Jack Nicholson, since that's as likely?

  • ExUSA

    I am surprisingly ok with this.

    I've had my problems with Moffat's run, but if it couldn't be my fav choice-- Richard Ayoade-- then Capaldi will be a good, interesting take on the Doctor. Plus, he was baller in Torchwood!

  • Liz

    So....still not a ginger...

  • Tinkerville

    I'm thrilled about this. And the haters can FUCKITY BYE.

  • BWeaves


  • Dr. Strom Kilwell

    I knew he looked familiar.

  • Wow! I've loved this guy for years. He will bring gravitas to the role. Plus, he's an older actor and should be less worried about the typecasting and will more than likely be in it for the longhaul, rather than the short runs that Tennant and Smith have taken! I love you 11, but 12 is going to be GREAT!

  • Drake

    He has been brilliant in everything I've seen him in, so I greatly approve.

  • $65530708

    Seconded. I also wanted an actor / actress who would be wiling to stick around for at least 4 to 5 seasons. Mirren, Elba, Lewis, Cumberbatch, Ejiofor - None of them would be willing to put in that kind of commitment and would have only been stunt casting (which a 50 year old show doesn't need to do. Yeah Hurt.).

    *I guess one good thing did come out of The Hour's cancellation.
    Peter Capaldi is 12.

  • Sassy Rouge

    Gravitas was my first thought as well. Smith was getting a little to saccharine for me.

  • Brian Stevenson


  • bbmcrae

    Oh noes, a nerd is unimpressed with a popular thing!

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