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Published on August 30th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

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.

Twelfth Doctor Who Peter Capaldi

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:

I destroyed all my geek stuff because I didn’t want to be a geek, and I regret it to this day. Consumed in the geek bonfire of the vanities was a collection of autographs and letters from Peter Cushing, Spike Milligan, Frankie Howerd, the first Doctor Whos, actual astronauts and many more.

Little did the young Twelfth Doctor know that one day the world would come around to his sensibilities:

I wish I’d known that one day the geek would inherit the Earth. When I was 16, geeks hadn’t been invented, so being tall and skinny, into horror movies and sci-fi and unable to play football simply made me the go-to guy for the sociopaths – some of them teachers – who wanted to practise their torturing skills on someone.

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:

They were Shakespeare-loving intellectuals who devoured books but were also passionate and ‘edgy’, constantly angry about something or other, spitting and shouting at each other in that actory voice.

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.


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

10 Responses to Capaldi Destroyed Doctor Who Autographs!

  1. avatar Paul Blume says:

    It happens to the best of us.

  2. avatar Al says:

    He’s not alone. My mum had a comic collection when she was a kid in the 50s that would be worth thousands today if she’d kept it.

    • So did my dad. :shakesfist:

      • avatar drewboynton says:

        So did my mom! :(

    • avatar Brian Gannaway says:

      My mom did this as well, not only to me, but to my brother as well. He had baseball cards that had cards that would be worth thousands each. When he joined the Navy, she gave them all away thinking he would not want them when he came back. He didn’t speak to her for 6 months!

  3. avatar Hyncharas says:

    “I wish I’d known that one day the geek would inherit the Earth…”

    Must’ve been watching Midsomer Murders the other night!

  4. avatar Jonathan Goodman says:

    It would be great if they worked that into a story line on the show. Not as a major story line but kind of like the relationship the Doctor has with the kid in the faceless ones and helps him deal with his father. Just the same the doctor could help a kid whose a little dorky and distant and make him feel comfortable with who he is. Just a thought.

  5. avatar Sophie says:

    “The geek shall inherit the Earth” -10th Doctor
    Entering the Whoniverse, you’re doing it right ;)

  6. avatar TimeChaser says:

    I always retreated into my geekness when the world beat me down, but I can understand that some might want to erase it if they felt it would hold them back from making it out in that cold cruel world.

    Hmm, and Peter may keep his accent for the Doctor. That would be quite interesting…

  7. avatar Drew says:

    I’m growing to love this guy more and more…Capaldi, thank you for becoming Doctor 12! A class act indeed!

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