He has been on the road for a long time in a prolific career as an actor, director, presenter, writer and also as audio books narrator. Since his professional debut in 1983, in “Local Hero“, Peter Capaldi had never stopped. In the last 31 years he had accounted in his filmography 31 movies, 60 appearances in TV Series or Mini-Series, TV Movies and documentaries, 6 plays, had won 13 awards (including 1 Oscar) and received 17 nominations.
His recent works include “World War Z” (2013, where he plays a W.H.O. Doctor, something premonitory maybe?), “The Fifth Estate” (2013), “Paddington” (to be released in 2014) and “The Musketeers” (TV Series to be released in 2014).
Best known for his role on the television series “The Thick of It” and its spinoff movie “In the Loop“, where he plays the foul mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker, the new incarnation of the Time Lord, like some of his predecessors, had already participated in an episode of the series, “The Fires of Pompeii” (2008) as a Roman named Caecilius.
Son of an Irish mother and an Italian father, Capaldi was born and raised in Glasgow, where he attended Glasgow School of Art, and was a lead singer of a punk rock band called “The Dreamboys” when he decided to pursue the acting career.
The 56 year old Scottish actor, the oldest to assume the role of the Doctor since the first, William Hartnell, is an avowed “Whovian” who had among his favorite childhood toys a Dalek action figure. His predilection for Doctor Who and fantasy/science fiction in general along with his fascination for the manned moon landings had earned him the nickname of Moon Man (from bullies, not from his friends as he is keen to say).
Capaldi was in Prague, shooting “The Musketeers” in the role of Cardinal Richelieu when he heard about Matt Smith leaving the show At first, he didn’t thought he had any chance. But then, after a phone call from his agent saying just ‘Hello, Doctor’, he caught himself hours later walking around Prague on his own singing the Doctor Who theme.
The identity of the Twelfth Doctor was a secret very well kept (almost like a state secret) and no one, including Capaldi’s own daughter, had heard a word about it until August 2013, when he had been finally announced as the new Doctor Who in the a BBC special program.
After a year of waiting, everything will restart this Saturday. Our fascinating and unforgettable favorite Time Lord will be back, inviting us to boldly enter his TARDIS to explore the time and the space with him. But, truth to be told, when the TARDIS land on the television screens of millions of people around the globe, the Doctor who we will see will be someone a little darker and more impatient than his previous versions and, according to Capaldi, a man struggling with himself and who he is. There will be less room for flirting and Clara Oswald will need to find out if behind this new face there is still any trace of the Doctor she knew.
And for sure, we’ll all be there, eager to join them.
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