5 Facts About Peter CapaldiJanuary 9, 2014
We’ve said goodbye to our Raggedy Man, Matt Smith, as he gave up his role as the 11th Doctor on Christmas Day and we’ve been introduced to actor Peter Capaldi as the next Doctor, a man who has long since been a fan of the show. As we eagerly await the series return to television to see Capaldi in this new role, we’ve comprised five facts about the actor that you may not have known.
The Dreamboys: Peter Capaldi was the lead guitarist and vocalist of a punk band called The Dreamboys with The Late, Late Show host and fellow Scotland native, Craig Ferguson (he played the drums). Also a part of the band was Temple Clark, a well-known storyboard artist who has worked on films such as Kick-Ass and The Avengers. A then 22 year old Capaldi moved from Glasgow to Edinburgh in 1980 and began his career in music, performing songs such as “Bela Lugosi’s Birthday” (below)
The Accent: Capaldi will be using his own Scottish brogue during the show; the first Doctor to do so since Sylvester McCoy. Upon hearing the news, fellow Scottish actor and former Doctor David Tennant, jokingly called Capaldi ‘lazy’, and that he should put on a British accent like he had to during his run.
And the winner is… Spanning a large thirty year career, Capaldi has accepted many awards including BAFTA awards for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Role and British Comedy Awards for Best TV Comedy Actor (in 2010 and 2012 respectively) but he has also had the opportunity to take home an award prized above all others: an Oscar. Capaldi won in 1995 for his work in Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life for Best Short Film, Live Action that he directed and wrote.
Not the first time. In fact, this will be the second time Capaldi will appear in the Doctor Who series; the first was with David Tennant where he played a character named Caecilius who lived in Pompeii. He also had a prominent role in the spin off series, Torchwood, in the Children of Earth series.
Always a fan. Capaldi has been a fan of the Doctor Who series since he was very young, even having write ups of the show featured in the paper when he was fifteen. The letter stated that he hoped in 15 years (1988), he would see the celebration of the 25th anniversary.