New series of Dr Who starts filming with new doctor Peter Capaldi taking the reins
New series of Dr Who starts filming with new doctor Peter
Capaldi taking the reins
Series 8 of the hit British TV series Ã¢ÂÂDoctor WhoÃ¢ÂÂ has officially started production in
Cardiff, Wales. This series will feature the first adventures of the new lead actor, Peter Capaldi, a
prospect that has fans of the series very excited.
The show, which debuted in 1963, has starred 12 actors as the titular Doctor. Capaldi, a lifelong fan
of the series, is to be the 13th (although he will be recognized as the 12th within the showÃ¢ÂÂs
storyline). Said Capaldi of the show, Ã¢ÂÂI was five when the show started. I donÃ¢ÂÂt
remember Doctor Who not being part of my life, and it became a part of growing up, along with The
Beatles, National Health spectacles, and fog. And it runs deep. ItÃ¢ÂÂs in my DNA...Ã¢ÂÂ
The character of the Twelfth Doctor briefly appeared in the 50th anniversary special Ã¢ÂÂThe Day
of the DoctorÃ¢ÂÂ last November and officially debuted on Christmas Day 2013 in the episode
Ã¢ÂÂThe Time of the DoctorÃ¢ÂÂ, although he made his appearance only at the very end.
Capaldi has replaced former Doctor Matt Smith, who had been the seriesÃ¢ÂÂ lead actor since
Peter Capaldi, who is both a BAFTA and Academy Award winner, has appeared in Doctor Who
before, playing the role of Lucius Caecilius Lucundus, a real-life banker who lived in the ancient
Roman city of Pompei. He also featured in the Doctor Who spinoff series Ã¢ÂÂTorchwoodÃ¢ÂÂ,
where he portrayed a civil servant. Outside of Who, he is well known for his roles in popular series
such as Ã¢ÂÂSkinsÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂThe Thick of itÃ¢ÂÂ.
Expectations are high for the new series, which began filming this week and will be broadcast later
this year. Upon arriving on set, Capaldi said Ã¢ÂÂNew job, first day, slightly nervous. Just like the
Doctor, I'm emerging from the TARDIS into a whole other worldÃ¢ÂÂ.
Showrunner Steven Moffat was obviously excited, saying, Ã¢ÂÂThe Capaldi era begins!Ã¢ÂÂ In
an earlier interview, the series boss said of his newest star, "Of course, he's brilliant. And just seeing
the energy and vitality that he brings to his performance, he works - he's like Matt - he works, he's a
worker. And he's an extraordinary vital performer. The man is not at all elderly in style, he leaps
around the place probably more than any other Doctor in that first scene."
Elsewhere, in an interview with Ã¢ÂÂDoctor Who MagazineÃ¢ÂÂ, previous Executive Producer
and Head Writer Russell T. Davies said that the casting of Capaldi as The Twelfth Doctor was
Ã¢ÂÂperfectÃ¢ÂÂ. He also said, Ã¢ÂÂThe moment Zoe Ball said his name was actually quite
mind-blowing. I still find it difficult, even now to find adjectives big and bold enough to describe how
brilliant this is!
When cast in the role of The Doctor, Capaldi was 55, making him the same age as the first actor to
play the character, William Hartnell, when he was cast.
Series 8 of Doctor Who will be broadcast on BBC in the third quarter of this year.
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