Published on August 30th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds10
Capaldi Destroyed Doctor Who Autographs!
Back in the dark ages, where geek culture was a mere sideshow distraction and not the all-encompassing, social identity it has become today, a young and ashamed Peter Capaldi sought to rid himself of the label once and for all, by throwing his impressive haul of collectables onto a bonfire.
The Doctor elect told The Big Issue in its Letters to My Younger Self feature of his childhood obsession with the series and lifetime love of all-things geek. However, things weren’t always so rosy in the Scottish actor’s world of comics and sci-fi:
Little did the young Twelfth Doctor know that one day the world would come around to his sensibilities:
Addressing his younger self, Capaldi also said that he learned to embrace his Glasgow accent despite the “Shakespeare-loving intellectuals” that clogged the acting world – an accent that Steven Moffat said he was ‘pretty certain’ he’d keep when he’s introduced as the Doctor in this year’s Christmas special:
What was that voice? ‘Neutral,’ I was told. Neutral? But it sounds like you’d have to swallow mugs-full of Lord Byron’s saliva and inject Churchill’s cigar-butt juice into your vocal chords to come even close to ballooning your own voice into that impossible sound.
Neutral? No. It was Standard English. Even most English people didn’t speak it. What chance did I have, with my Glasgow accent and ice cream name?
I’d tell my younger self: worrying that you are crap is a waste of time. Worrying that you can’t do it is a waste of time. Worrying that you failed is a waste of time. No one cares. Just get on with it.
You can read Peter Capaldi’s full Letter to my Younger Myself on the Big Issue website.