Three years ago today, the world was introduced to the Twelfth Doctor.
On 4th August, 2013, through a haze of fog and laser light and the raucous applause, Peter Capaldi stepped onto the stage and into the role of a lifetime.
The special itself had been a last minute addition, announced only two days prior and it would prove to be the grandest introduction of a Doctor yet. ‘Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor’ was hosted by Zoë Ball and featured a number of special guests, including a video appearance from Matt Smith to wish Capaldi well in the role.
The event was simulcast throughout the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and the United States. Around the world, fans waited for the announcement with bated breath. As the program reached its culmination and excitement reached a fever pitch, Ball finally revealed who our new Time Lord would be. To great fanfare, Peter Capaldi stepped into the spotlights and struck a pose reminiscent of William Hartnell. Hands on his lapels, he greeted the fans and we greeted him in return.
Before The Doctor
Up the that point, Capaldi had been most famous for playing sweary spin doctor Malcolm Tucker on ‘The Thick Of It’. In spite of this, he was no newcomer to Doctor Who. Long before he took the lead role, he had already played Caecilius opposite David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor in ‘Fires of Pompeii’ as well as the tragic John Frobisher in ‘Torchwood’. He had also been a lifelong fan of the show since childhood.
Life On The TARDIS
He first appeared as the Twelfth Doctor or, more specifically, a very familiar set of eyebrows, in the 50th Anniversary special. From there he embarked on a world tour with co-star Jenna Coleman encompassing seven cities across five continents before returning to begin filming on Series 8. His regeneration scene came at the end of the Christmas special ‘The Time Of The Doctor’ and he officially took over the TARDIS beginning in ‘Deep Breath’. Since then he has completed two series of the show and began filming on a third at the end of June.
From the moment he stepped into the role, Capaldi has been known as a fan among fans. Stories abound of his willingness to go the extra mile to reach out to Whovians the world over. Only time will tell how long he’ll keep the role but we’re certainly not ready to say goodbye. Here’s hoping he’ll remain 100% rebel Time Lord for some time yet.