Doctor Who News Peter Capaldi IS the Twelfth Doctor Who!

Published on August 29th, 2013 | by Alex Skerratt

The Twelfth Doctor Illustrated!

We could be forgiven for thinking we’re looking into the untempered schism as we gaze at the first ‘comic book’ images of Twelfth Doctor, hoisting his sonic screwdriver aloft.

Peter Capaldi IS the Twelfth Doctor Who!

Alas, these are not cuttings from the year 2014, but rather snazzy pieces of fan art created by Doctor Who fans from all walks of cyberspace. And they’re good. Really good, actually.

Some have been created as part of Down The Tubes’ online competition (open until 12 noon UK time on September 5th), whilst others have been realised just for fun, as speculative enthusiasts try to envisage how Peter Capaldi might look in his illustrated adventures.

The most interesting aspect is the Twelfth Doctor’s costume. With Capaldi being one of the most senior actors to have been cast in the role, the consensus in the world of fan art is that his garb will evoke flair and sophistication, harking back to the Edwardian feel of the Jon Pertwee years. Only time will tell if these predictions turn out to be true.

One thing is for certain, though. In each and every one of these illustrations, Capaldi fits the part like a glove. Whether slumped over the TARDIS console or leaning against the phone box with a wide-eyed grin, his face oozes Gallifreyan mystique, reassuring us that the Time Lord’s future is in very safe hands.


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4 Responses to The Twelfth Doctor Illustrated!

  1. avatar Ranger says:

    Capaldi is looking good in the art – he’s got a distinctive face that translates well into that medium.

    Thought that crossed my mind, will Capaldi play the Doctor with a Scottish accent like McCoy or with an English accent like Tennant? Perhaps to round out the British Isles accents he should do it in a Welsh or Northern Irish accent!

    • avatar Mr Paddy says:

      I believe Moffat recently said he’d be “very surprised” if Capaldi didn’t use his Scottish accent.

      For some reason I was kind of hoping for either an English accent or a slightly softer Scots accent, just to differentiate him a bit more from Malcolm Tucker, but I’m sure after a couple of episodes I’ll have forgotten all about Malcolm.

      • avatar DonnaM says:

        Listening to Capaldi being interviewed, his own accent does seem softer than Malcolm’s to me: and I’m sure he won’t do as much shouting as the Doctor! That look he gives in The Thick Of It Could scare most villains on its own!

  2. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    Advantage USA here–I’ve never seen “Thick of it”. I’ve only enjoyed Mr. Capaldi’s work in Torchwood: Children of Earth and “Fires of Pompeii”. I did a drawing of Matt smith during the early days after he was cast but before before he had his proper costume. I guessed—incorrectly. I think I had him in a slick black dinner jacket with a maroon silk shirt and matching kerchief in the pocket. Kind of an updated nod to Pertwee. Very upscale. I wouldn’t bother trying it again as I’ve seen Capaldi with longer and shorter hair. He’s got wavy grey hair so there might be a couple different looks he could go with.

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