Steven Moffatt’s first Doctor, Matt Smith, became a fan favorite, and in some cases eclipsed his predecessor, David Tennant. It seemed as though he mostly proved he was a worthy successor to Russell T. Davies. But could the trend continue with Peter Capaldi?
“I do what I do because it’s right! Because it’s decent! And above all, it’s kind!”
About Peter Capaldi
At 59 years old, Peter Capaldi is the oldest actor to play the Doctor. He follows the tradition of Colin Baker in that he actually appeared in an episode of a previous Doctor’s run, “The Fires of Pompeii” as Lobus Caecillius (which became a plot point of the era). he’s also the second Doctor to have appeared in a spin-off prior to becoming the Doctor, playing Dr. Frobisher in the Torchwood mini-series “Children of Earth”. (David Tennant was the first, appearing in one of Big Finish’s UNIT audio dramas. He was a longtime fan of the show, much like Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and David Tennant before him. Prior to Doctor Who, his most famous role was Malcolm Tucker in the BBC TV sitcom The Thick of It. He played a “WHO Doctor” in World War Z and plays Mr. Curry in both Paddington movies.
In a Nutshell:
- Catch Phrases: “Pudding brain” and “Shut up!”
- Series 8’s premiere “Deep Breath” was an extended episode, which continued to be a fixture for all three series.
- The Master returned in “Deep Breath”, having changed genders and referring to herself as “Missy.” She was played by Michelle Gomez.
- Series 9 consisted mostly of 2-part episodes, with “Sleep No More” being the only stand-alone episode.
- Series 10 was postponed one year, making the third time Doctor Who was put on hiatus during its history.
- A new spin-off, Class, aired both online and on TV, but wasn’t nearly as successful as Torchwood or The Sarah Jane Adventures, only lasting one series.