Peter Capaldi Takes Over From Matt Smith as the New Doctor

Peter Capaldi revealed as 12th Doctor on Doctor Who


Scottish actor Peter Capaldi was named as the next Doctor on BBC today in a half hour live show that was simulcast all over the world. Capaldi played marble merchant Caecilius in The Fires of Pompeii episode of Doctor Who and played Mr. Frobisher in Torchwood: Children of Earth. In 1995 he won an Academy Award for for Best Live Action Short Film for his film Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life. He currently stars on the British political dramedy The Thick of It in which he plays Malcolm Tucker, a foul mouthed political fixer based on President Obama's former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel (who is now the mayor of Chicago). He says the show is like the West Wing, but with bad teeth (because they are British) and with a lot more swearing.

In 2010, Capaldi was a guest on Craig Ferguson's talk show. Craig and Peter are old friends. In fact, Craig said in his introduction that he and his next guest dropped acid together 25 years ago. Then he gets suspicious and paranoid wondering, "Maybe we're still tripping and this isn't really happening!" Capaldi sported a hot pink silk lining to his suit jacket for the interview and Craig noted his surprise that he had become a magician. Craig and Peter were in a punk band long ago, which Peter says was really terrible. The two riff off each other quite easily -- they are quite funny together. Craig claims that Peter always wore pointy shoes. Between that and the pink silk lining, along with Peter claiming he has a cape back stage make us really wonder what he's going to choose to wear for his Doctor Who ensemble. Take a look:



Photo: Rankin/BBC

Posted on August 4, 2013

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