Steven Moffat Says Doctor Who Won’t Ignore Peter Capaldi’s Past Roles In The Show

PompeiiWhen it was announced that Peter Capaldi would be taking the TARDIS keys from Matt Smith and stepping into the role of the Twelfth Doctor later this year, many pointed out that the actor has already popped up in the Who-niverse. Twice, actually: once in the 2008 episode “The Fires of Pompeii” and again — playing a different character — in the excellent 2009 Torchwood: Children of Earth. There’s nothing terribly unusual about all of that; it’s hardly the first time an actor has put in minor appearances in Who before moving on to a more substantial role. But recent comments from showrunner Steven Moffat suggest that Capaldi’s role as the Doctor not only won’t ignore his earlier appearances, but they may serve as an actual plot point within the show.

So what the hell does that mean? Let’s take a look at Moffat’s exact words. In a video interview with Nerd3 (seen below), Moffat addresses Capaldi’s earlier roles in Who and Torchwood by saying:

I remember Russell [T Davies] told me that he had a big old plan as to why there were two Peter Capaldi’s in the Who universe: one in Pompeii and one in Torchwood. When I cast Peter and Russell got in touch to say how pleased he was, I said, ‘Okay, what was your theory and does it still work?” and he said, ‘Yes it does. Here it is…’

We’ll play that one out over time. It’s actually quite neat.

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Peter Capaldi Is Doctor Who’s Twelfth Doctor, So Who The Hell Is Peter Capaldi?

Doc12Earlier this afternoon, the BBC officially announced that actor Peter Capaldi will be taking on the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who, playing the twelfth incarnation of the iconic character and taking over the role from the departing Matt Smith. Capaldi had been the early favorite among British bookmakers, and many Who fans are thrilled to see him taking on the role. But there were also quite a few folks commenting here and on Facebook with the question: “Who the hell is Peter Capaldi?”

It’s a totally understandable reaction. Capaldi is a very talented actor, but he isn’t that well known unless you’re a regular consumer of British television. But fear not: GFR has got your back. We’ve put together a quick guided tour of some of the actor’s best roles. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Peter Capaldi.

The Thick of It / In the Loop
One of the Capaldi roles you’ll see mentioned the most is the character of Malcolm Tucker in the 2005 British political comedy series The Thick of It. Capaldi won a BAFTA for his performance as the British Prime Minister’s enforcer/spin doctor, a foul-mouthed thorn in the side of Hugh Abbot (Chris Langham), who heads of the fictional “Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship.” Capaldi reprised the role in the American adaptation In the Loop, where he was joined by actors such as Tom Hollander and James Gandolfini. As Tucker, Capaldi is a never-ending font of hilariously creative profanity, wielding his caustic dialogue with the same poetic aplomb as Ian McShane’s Al Swearengen in Deadwood. Needless to say, the clip below is not remotely safe for work…

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