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Published on August 6th, 2013 | by Meredith Burdett

Big Finish Talks the 12th Doctor!

Capaldi in Torchwood 2

By now, the very exciting news should have permeated its way through your system. Peter Capaldi IS the Doctor! The reveal on Sunday was fantastic and Kasterborous can think of no better actor to play the role of the Twelfth Doctor!

Another Doctor Who team that are also extremely excited by the casting news are Big Finish productions who, it turns out, have been trying to get Capaldi to work with them for a very long time now. The company’s Executive Producer, and voice of the Daleks, Nicholas Briggs revealed that after meeting the actor during the filming of Torchwood: Children of Earth, he kept trying to source Capaldi for a Big Finish role:

Peter was always enthusiastic, but he was always so busy. He just told me to keep asking…when we met on set, he was fully aware that we’d actually already asked him to appear in a Big Finish Doctor Who audio, but it was actually the Torchwood job that had clashed with it that time.

As revealed on Sunday, Capaldi is a lifelong fan of Doctor Who - not in a ‘distant respect’ way but more of a Kasterborous way. In fact, Jason Haigh-Ellery, Big Finish’s co-Executive Producer, produced the stage version of The Ladykillers last year and worked with Capaldi on the project when he played Professor Marcus. Capaldi’s love of Doctor Who was evident then as well:

He made no secret of his love of Doctor Who, indeed his dressing room was littered with Daleks and TARDIS models, mostly opening night presents from friends and family.

Nicholas Briggs added that during filming, Capaldi knew exactly who he was:

As I went up to him to shake his hand, he said, “You’ve no need to introduce yourself to me, Nick Briggs, I know exactly who you are!” And we proceeded to gossip and giggle about Doctor Who in our shooting breaks.

Essentially, this means that we have an incredibly gifted actor, both in drama and comedy, who also knows the character and history of the Doctor straight away. We’re sure that we’re not the first to say it but Capaldi’s casting could lead to the most perfect incarnation of the Doctor to date! Nicolas Briggs summed it up in one wonderful sentence:

I know he’s going to be a truly amazing Doctor Who.


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5 Responses to Big Finish Talks the 12th Doctor!

  1. avatar Ian Gettings says:

    The thing is … I was really wary about Matt Smith and I was so wrong. The thing is… am I wrong to now say I am wary about the new guy…??

    • avatar TimeChaser says:

      Production teams past and present have chosen eleven brilliant actors for the role. We each have our favorites, but we can all agree every actor has been marvelous as his own Doctor. I have no doubts that this time will be any different.

      • avatar Taz says:

        Well stated TimeChaser…..well stated indeed!!!!!!!

  2. avatar Scott says:

    I would agree. Let’s temper the excitement a bit since we don’t know how he will be playing it nor what his warddrobe will be like. I believe people think he’s a great choice and they have envisioned in their own minds already as to how it will go down, but he could play this completely differently.

    I’ll reserve judgment till the first full episode as Smith nailed it perfectly in The Eleventh Hour.

  3. avatar TonyS says:

    His acting credentials are impressive, but so are those of pretty much everyone that was linked with the part. It is the writing that will make it. While I am excited I agree that we won’t know until his first substantive appearance as the character. By the way, I think his wardrobe will be made of wood. And lead into Narnia.

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