Peter Capaldi: 5 Things to Know About the New "Doctor Who"

By Jenna Mullins
|  Monday, Aug 5, 2013  |  Updated 2:08 PM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
From "Super Size Me" to One Direction: Morgan Spurlock

UK Press via Getty Images

Peter Capaldi is taking over the TARDIS.

advertisement

It was the second most-anticipated announcement to come out of Britain this year, but on Sunday, we finally learned the identity of the new Doctor who will step in to replace the departing Matt Smith. Producer Steven Moffat announced on the live BBC special "Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor" that the rumors were true and frontrunner Peter Capaldi would be taking over the TARDIS.

Everyone always says you should get to know your doctor, so here are five things to know about the 55-year-old acting vet:

1. He's Even Been a Who Before: Capaldi was just seen in Brad Pitt's epic zombie film "World War Z" as, get this, a W.H.O. doctor. The W.H.O. stands for World Health Organization

Related Stories

READ: Find out why Matt Smith decided to exit the series

2. He's a "Doctor Who" Alum: Capaldi is no stranger to fans of the long-running BBC series, because he had a major role on "Torchwood: Children of Earth," the "Doctor Who" spinoff series, and appeared in a 2008 episode of "Doctor Who" as fictional version of Caecilius.

3. He's Got Comedy Chops: The new Time Lord might be best known for his work on the BBC comedy series "The Thick of It" from 2005 to 2012. He played spin doctor Malcolm Tucker, and Capaldi even admitted to basing his character on big Hollywood players like Harvey Weinstein. He won a BAFTA Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Role for his work on the show.

PHOTOS: Hot British Celebs!

4. He's Got a Rocking Background With Craig Ferguson: While in school, Capaldi was the lead singer of a punk rock band called Dreamboys, and he had a future late-night star behind him. Craig Ferguson was the band's drummer!

Photos and Videos

From "Super Size Me" to One Direction: Morgan Spurlock

The documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock who starred in and directed the hit movie, "Super Size Me" spoke with NBC10's Keith Jones on his new movie about the pop boy band One Direction. The new film called "One Direction: This Is Us" is set to hit theaters on Aug. 30.
More Photos and Videos

5. He's an Oscar Winner: In 1995, Capaldi won an Academy Award for directing the live action short film Franz Kafka's "It's a Wonderful Life."

What do you think of the new Doctor, Whovians?

PHOTOS: Check out all the new shows coming in the fall

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our Weather App
Stay ahead of the storm with the NBC... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out