On Dec. 25, we said an emotional goodbye to Matt Smith when he regenerated into the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi. While we’re not yet over Matt — ok, we never will be, we wanted to fill you in on some fun facts you must know about the new doctor.
Scottish actor Peter Capaldi has some pretty big, time traveling shoes to fill — and we know he’s going to be amazing at it. So, who is the 12th doctor that made his (sort of) debut on the Christmas special, “Time of the Doctor.”
Peter Capaldi — Who Is The New ‘Doctor Who’?
While getting over the tragic loss of Matt, we were introduced to Peter as the 12th doctor — but who is he? Where does he come from? And what connections does he already have to the BBC show?
Here are five things you should know about Peter Capaldi:
1. In World War Z, he played the character named, “W.H.O. Doctor” — which is absolutely hilarious!
2. This is the fifth time he’s played a doctor. In 2011, he played Dr. Pete in the TV series, The Field of Blood. In 2006, he played Dr. Angus Baldwin in one episode of Donovan, and in 2003 he played Dr. Ronnie Pilfrey in Fortysomething. From 2005 to 2012, he played a spin doctor in BBC’s The Thick of It.
3. He attended Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, and was a singer of Dreamboys, a punk rock band. Their drummer was comedian, Craig Ferguson. He is now married to Elaine Collins and they live in Crouch End in North London with their daughter Cecily.
4. He will use his Scottish accent as the 12th Doctor. While all but one (Sylvester McCoy) have used an English accent leading up to Peter.
5. It wasn’t actually his debut on Christmas. Peter played Caecilius in a 2008 episode of the show while David Tennant played the Tenth Doctor.
So HollywoodLifers — are you excited about the new Doctor?
— Emily Longeretta