“Being asked to play the Doctor is an amazing privilege. Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can’t wait to get started”
On 4th August 2013, the BBC announced during a live broadcast that the Scottish actor, film director and screenwriter, Peter Capaldi, will portray the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running TV series Doctor Who. Although he will not take over the role until the 2013 Christmas special, Capaldi briefly appeared in the 50th anniversary episode “The Day of the Doctor”. Shown on BBC One on 23 November, in both 2D and 3D, this special was broadcast simultaneously in 94 countries, and was shown concurrently in 3D in some cinemas, achieving the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama.
Peter Capaldi grew up in Glasgow and attended Glasgow School of Art, while studying there he secured his first breakthrough role in Local Hero in 1983. In 2010 he won the BAFTA Television Award for the Best Male performance in a Comedy Role and the BPG Best Actor Award. In Both 2010 and 2012 he won the British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor (The Thick of It). He is also an award winning film maker, winning an Oscar in 1995 for Best Short Film (Live Action) for Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life.
Some fascinating facts about Dr Who
The longest stint: the 4th Doctor, played by Tom Baker, reaching 7 years and starring in around 172 episodes between 1974-1981. The shortest stint: the 8th Doctor, played by Paul McGann, starred in just one feature-length episode of Doctor Who made in 1996, not a TV series. The Doctor actually is a doctor. In a sickbay in the 1967 story The Moonbase, the Doctor was asked “Listen are you really a medical doctor?”. He replied. “Yes I think I was once, Polly. I think I took a degree once in Glasgow. 1888 I think. Lister.” However, it would appear Lister was in London by 1888.
So why 8 out of 12 Doctors?
Well, here in the Scottish Theatre Archive we hold items relating to 8 out of the 12 Doctors, we are lacking material for 2. Patrick Troughton (1966-1996), 8. Paul McGann (1996), 9. Christopher Eccleston (2005) and 11. Matt Smith (2010-2013).
Matt Smith regenerates into Capaldi on Christmas Day when The Time of the Doctor airs at 7.30pm on BBC One