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Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who 242

Posted by samzenpus
from the warming-the-sonic-screwdriver dept.
Dave Knott writes "After months of speculation since Matt Smith announced that he was exiting the long-running British SF show Doctor Who, the BBC has announced the latest actor who will be taking on the titular role. In a live television announcement, with several previous stars on hand, it was revealed that Peter Capaldi will be portraying the newest incarnation of The Doctor. Capaldi is 55 years old, ending a recent trend towards younger Doctors, and had been flagged by bookmakers as the odd-on favourite in recent days, to the extent that they had suspended betting on the issue. He is best known for his role as the foul-mouthed government bureaucrat Malcolm Tucker on the The Thick Of It and has in fact showed up on Doctor Who previously as a guest star. But now Capaldi is set to take his place in the iconic lead role. To help celebrate the 50th anniversary, and the naming of the next Dr. Who, an ice cream shop put up a 35ft straw Dalek sculpture."
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Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who

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  • Coincidence? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by meekg (30651) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @01:57PM (#44471079) Homepage

    IMDB says that in War World Z, he played the character of a Dr. from the W.H.O.
    Coincidence?

  • Now we have a Doctor Who, who has been a real Doctor Fan for a long time! Best Wishes to all Whovians!

    • Re:Doctor Who XII (Score:4, Interesting)

      by wonkey_monkey (2592601) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @02:13PM (#44471181) Homepage

      Now we have a Doctor Who, who has been a real Doctor Fan for a long time!

      What, David Tennant doesn't count? Getting into acting was practically an accidental by-product of his life-long quest to be the Doctor.

      • by Nyder (754090)

        Now we have a Doctor Who, who has been a real Doctor Fan for a long time!

        What, David Tennant doesn't count? Getting into acting was practically an accidental by-product of his life-long quest to be the Doctor.

        If it was his life long quest to be the doctor, why did he quit after 5 years?

        • Re:Doctor Who XII (Score:5, Interesting)

          by wonkey_monkey (2592601) on Monday August 05, 2013 @01:03AM (#44474649) Homepage

          *sigh* Not this again. It was his life long quest to be the Doctor, not to be the Doctor for 10 years and run the show into the ground. He had the best interests of the show in mind. The only reason Doctor Who has lasted this long is because of its continual reinvention, the re-casting of the lead being the most obvious (but no means only) change.

          Patrick Troughton advised Peter Davison to only do four years. Peter Davison then passed this same advice on to his then-future-son-in-law David Tennant.

          His last line as the Doctor was "I don't want to go," which was exactly how he felt about it. Some people just aren't entirely selfish.

          • Oh, and also, the actor is not in charge of the show, so he would have got his marching orders sooner or later.
  • Could easily go on to become one of the best Dr Who's ever.

    The best of Malcolm Tucker [youtube.com]

    • by Z00L00K (682162)

      Even though I really liked the eccentric doctor played by Tom Baker.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Shemmie (909181)

        Same here - I loved Tom Baker, and in my head, I'm thinking a Tom Baker-ish, slightly darker Doctor. With a touch more gravitas than Matt Smith.

  • Kinda funny that looking at IMDB, he has credits in World War Z as W.H.O Doctor. As long as he talks slower than Matt Smith, I'll be happy.
  • by Blue Stone (582566) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @02:13PM (#44471191) Homepage Journal

    Looking forward to more in this vein: Malcolm Tucker on that science fiction film you like. [youtube.com]

  • by nine-times (778537) <nine.times@gmail.com> on Sunday August 04, 2013 @02:15PM (#44471205) Homepage

    I don't love it, but I'll reserve judgment until I see it. I think I mostly don't like the fact that he's already appeared in the series as another character. Sure, Karen Gillan also appeared in a previous episode before becoming Amy Pond, but she was so heavily made up you wouldn't recognize her. They had Eve Myles play different characters, but at least they had a fun little nod to that fact. So maybe it's fine.

    I guess I do like the fact that they're going with someone who will probably be darker and less goofy than Smith.

    • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

      Sci-fi is often strangely incestuous like that. Star Trek was notorious for having people play multiple characters with varying amounts of make-up.

    • by Xest (935314)

      "I guess I do like the fact that they're going with someone who will probably be darker and less goofy than Smith." ...and has a track record of you know, being able to actually act which is more than can be said for the amateur dramatics farce that was Smith.

  • by RussR42 (779993) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @02:19PM (#44471217)
    Spoilers!
  • by Myria (562655)

    I was hoping for a woman this time. Would make for some great antics.

    • by itsdapead (734413)

      I was hoping for a woman this time. Would make for some great antics.

      In the interview on the "reveal" show Steven Moffat showed clearly what he thought of that.

      Approximate quote: "Helen Mirren was quoted as saying it that a woman should be chosen to play the Doctor. I say that its about time that a man was chosen to play the Queen."

  • by Coisiche (2000870) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @02:27PM (#44471235)

    Okay, he is, now, best known for the Malcolm Tucker role but I remember him better in other roles; the Angel Islington in a BBC adaption of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere (although that show was really stolen by Paterson Joseph's Marquis De Carabas) and as Uncle Rory in the TV adaption of Iain Bank's Crow Road.

    And it's kind of nice that the Doctor is portrayed by an actor older than me again. That hasn't happened for a while.

    • by Pop69 (700500)
      I still remember him from Local Hero....
    • by Tapewolf (1639955)

      Okay, he is, now, best known for the Malcolm Tucker role but I remember him better in other roles; the Angel Islington in a BBC adaption of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere (although that show was really stolen by Paterson Joseph's Marquis De Carabas) and as Uncle Rory in the TV adaption of Iain Bank's Crow Road.

      And it's kind of nice that the Doctor is portrayed by an actor older than me again. That hasn't happened for a while.

      So, does that make Rory his only non-psychopathic role so far?

  • Sexual Tension (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gimmeataco (2769727) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @03:06PM (#44471453)
    I'm rather excited to see an "older" Doctor. I've grown weary of the "sexual tension" between the Doctor and his recent assistants. Donna Noble was glorious as she/the Doctor so violently opposed to it..
  • he brings a bit of Malcom Tucker from The Thick of it to the role.... imagine the potential lines such as....

    "What the fuck is this omnishambles? a defensive line? IT'S A CLUSTERFUCK OF GARGANTUAN PROPORTIONS!.. now sort it out before i stretch out your fuckign scrotum and use it as a trampoline you dog wanking fuck stick!"

    i know it won't happen* but it's a lovely thought!

    *he said as much in an interview
  • Peter Capaldi is credited on IMDB as follows:

    World War Z
    W.H.O. Doctor

  • And swatting people with manilla folders.

  • Why there's a referal ID in the IMDB URL?

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