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Published on September 25th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

Capaldi Helps Give Actor His “First Big Break”

Peter Capaldi’s appointment as the new Doctor may have already inspired fans to create artwork, memes and fiction based around a potential Twelfth Doctor but how about an inspiring story from someone whose life was changed by the man himself?

Doncaster actor Kevin Davies didn’t realise that the same man who helped him get his first big break in Graeme Oxby’s short film, Shotgun Dave Ride Again was eventually going to become the Doctor – in fact, he didn’t realise that it was the Oscar winning actor at all:

“I met Peter on the set and I started up a conversation with him. He asked me how long I’d been acting and I said I was hoping to get my first real part. I asked him, ‘Have you been doing this for long, mate?’ He said, ‘I might have been doing it too long – but I’m getting there’.

It was only later I realised it was Peter Capaldi. Apparently he went to Graeme and said, ‘I want Kevin to do a part in a wheelchair’. It was thanks to him I got a featured part.”

Kevin, who is paraplegic and has used a wheelchair all his life, was studying performing arts at High Melton College in 2003 when Graeme approached the college and asked if any students wanted to be extras.

Capaldi in Torchwood 2

Little did he know that his audition would lead to him brushing shoulders with the man who currently holds the keys to the TARDIS:

“Peter was a very pleasant guy. He took time to sit and talk and it was great to have the opportunity to work with him on a more equal basis. He was generous and came up with loads of suggestions to make the film more funny.”

So what does he think of the Capaldi’s appointment?

“I am a big Doctor Who fan and I think he will make a great Doctor. It is going to be interesting to see how he portrays him.”

(via South Yorkshire Times.)

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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.




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