Long before 'Doctor Who' announced the arrival of 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi, fan tongues were set wagging by the mysterious appearance of John Hurt's "forgotten" Doctor at the climax of series 7 finale "The Name of the Doctor." The character has been set up for a major arc opposite Matt Smith and David Tennant in the upcoming 50th anniversary special, but might Hurt return for additional episodes with Peter Capaldi in 2014?
For as long as producers and fans have touted the idea of 'Lord of the Rings' magnate Peter Jackson directing an episode of 'Doctor Who,' very little seems to have been set in stone, despite eagerness on either side. Most recently, another rumor broke this weekend that Jackson would finally direct Peter Capaldi in an episode of the upcoming series, though the rumor seems to have thoroughly been debunked.
Though most of the surprise behind 'Doctor Who''s heralded 12th Doctor casting lay in the decision not to shake things up with a new race or gender, plenty of fans were similarly caught off guard that the 55 year-old Peter Capaldi would take the franchise away from its younger-skewing recent history. We've heard 'Doctor Who' mastermind Steven Moffat defend Capaldi's casting before, but what does he have to say on the age difference?
Following news that actor Peter Capaldi would go on to become the next 'Doctor Who' after Matt Smith's exit later this year, reports emerged that actor Chiwetel Ejiofor had previously turned down the role of the 11th Doctor, denying the franchise its first major casting shakeup for the role. And while producers insisted that Capaldi was the primary choice to replace Smith this time around, UK actor Bill Nighy has come forward to admit he turned down the iconic part.
This past weekend saw the surprisingly unsurprising announcement that 'Doctor Who' would regenerate 55 year-old Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the next Time Lord, replacing current star Matt Smith at the end of 2013. Shortly thereafter, comments from author Neil Gaiman suggested that a black actor had already rejected the titular 'Doctor Who' role, in spite of speculation that producers might have chosen a different race or gender than Capaldi. So, was Chiwetel Ejiofor almost our first black 'Doctor Who?'
Following Sunday's big announcement that Peter Capaldi would take the iconic 'Doctor Who' role from current incarnation Matt Smith, we learned from showrunner Steven Moffat himself that the timing wasn't believed right to shake up the franchise with a female incarnation of the Doctor, but what about an actor of another race? According to one insider, 'Doctor Who' apparently already offered the part to a black actor, who then turned it down!
Yesterday news broke that 'Doctor Who' had chosen 55 year-old Scottish actor Peter Capaldi to take the iconic Time Lord role from current star Matt Smith, putting to bed any notions that the long-running BBC series would shake things up by choosing a female star, or even a male of a different race. While 'Doctor Who' fans prepare for the changeover at Christmas 2013, showrunner Steven Moffat offers his own explanation for the choice not to introduce a female 'Doctor Who.'
The moment 'Doctor Who' fans learned that Matt Smith would leave behind the iconic role at the end of 2013, the race began to see who would pick up the Sonic Screwdriver. That race finally came to a finish today, as actor Peter Capaldi was announced as the Twelfth Doctor! Capaldi had been considered a lock for the past few weeks, but what do we think about the new announcement?
Ever since Matt Smith announced his retirement from 'Doctor Who' at the end of the year, fans of the longrunning BBC sci-fi series have patiently awaited news of his replacement, especially given swirling rumors about unconventional casting choices. That day may have finally come, as reports emerge that the 12th 'Doctor Who' will be announced with a live special this coming weekend!
For as much as we enjoyed the 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary special trailer from Comic-Con 2013 (seriously, why isn't it online yet?), fans of the long-running series were no doubt disappointed that the series had only tapped one past Doctor in David Tennant, rather than the others rumored. There may yet be a bit of life to the rumors, however, as Paul McGann may reprise his role as the eighth Doctor!