23 Reasons To Love Peter Capaldi

Everything you need to know about the Twelfth Doctor.

1. So, Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor.

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2. His most famous role to date is probably as spin doctor Malcolm Tucker on The Thick of It.



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3. But he also played Sid’s dad on Skins.

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4. As well as the compelling Randall Brown in The Hour.

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5. He’s also been in Prime Suspect.

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6. And Dangerous Liaisons.

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7. He’s won an Oscar - in 1995 for Live Action Short Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life.

Additional fact: The short starred Richard E Grant aka The Great Intelligence.

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8. As a young man, he was the lead singer in a punk group called The Dreamboys. Craig Ferguson was the drummer.

The group were originally called The Bastards From Hell.

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9. The pair are still good friends.

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10. Unlike Ferguson, he has no desire to move Stateside.

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11. He’s pretty acerbic in real life.

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12. He already has Doctor Who connections, having starred in spin-off series Torchwood.

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13. He also made a guest appearance in Doctor Who episode “The Fires of Pompeii.”


But nobody seemed to mind that Amy Pond was a Roman Soothsayer.

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14. But above all he’s a Doctor Who fan.

Here’s a letter he wrote to Radio Times, aged 15.

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15. As his William Hartnell impression shows.

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16. He’s already got the lingo down.



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17. In fact, it seems like he was always destined to play the Doctor.

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18. He had been considered for the role of the Doctor previously, but the timing wasn’t right, writer Steven Moffat revealed.

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19. He’s got 11’s seal of approval.



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20. Fans have been celebrating the annoucement.

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21. And are eagerly anticipating certain scenes.

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22. Like, really eagerly.

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23. In summary:

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Ailbhe Malone is the UK lifestyle editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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