New 'Doctor Who' Star Peter Capaldi Was Once the Show's Biggest Fanboy (No, Seriously)


It was announced on Sunday that Peter Capaldi will be playing the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor, the iconic main character of the long-running BBC sci-fi series 'Doctor Who.' It was a decision that was met with surprisingly little resistance from the show's usually polarized fanbase, but if you're still skeptical about Capaldi's casting, here's why you shouldn't be: not only is he one of the finest British actors around, but he's loved 'Doctor Who' for a long, long time. 

When he told viewers of the 'Doctor Who Live' special that he's loved the series since childhood, he really, really meant it. 

As in, he tried repeatedly (and unsuccessfully) to become president of the official 'Doctor Who' fan club back in 1972. 

He was so pushy about wanting to usurp the club's then-current president that a 'Doctor Who' producer's secretary wrote that she hoped "the Daleks or someone would exterminate him or something to that effect."  

The producer, Barry Letts, was much kinder to Capaldi, sending him "a large package [. . .] containing two studio scripts for the Jon Pertwee serial The Mutants, which they were making at the time," the actor shared.

“It also contained set designs, studio floor plans for episodes and a delightful letter from Barry Letts giving me an idea what all this stuff was. It was a fantastic and exciting insight into both Doctor Who and television production. I’d never seen a script in any form before then and was immediately fascinated by the documents.

“Barry’s kindness was a trigger to my ambition to work in TV.” 

The teenaged Capaldi's great love for the sci-fi program didn't stop there, though. He contributed to a fanmade magazine with this article, below: 

You can also check out the teenaged Capaldi's quite good fan art of Fourth Doctor over at the Daily Record

Capaldi finally got to appear on 'Doctor Who' in 2008's "The Fires of Pompeii," but it's safe to say that his childhood dream really came true when he was cast as the Doctor. It's a rather heartwarming story, isn't it? His story mirrors that of Tenth Doctor David Tennant, also a childhood fan who got into acting with the hopes of playing the Doctor. 

So, are you still skeptical of Capaldi's casting? I can't imagine anyone with this much love for the series doing anything but an absolutely brilliant job. After all, Tennant has constantly been voted the most beloved actor to portray the Doctor by fans.

I'm predicting Peter Capaldi will give him a run for his money. 

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Written by: mcpherson
Aug 6th, 2013, 7:37 pm

Images courtesy of BBC One

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