Doctor Who News Peter Capaldi IS the Twelfth Doctor Who!

Published on September 13th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

Tovey: Peter Capaldi is “a genius”

When it came to who will play the Twelve Doctor it wasn’t ‘Tovey’ for this Being Human actor but that’s not stopped potential Doctor and Midshipman Frame himself Russell Tovey calling the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi ‘a genius’.

Russell Tovey as Midshipman Frame in Voyage of the Damned

Speaking at the Sandro London flagship store launch this week for London Fashion Week, Tovey said of Capaldi:

I think he’s a genius, of course. He’s absolutely the Doctor. He’s slightly scary, an incredible actor, very kind of timeless, kooky – he’s everything the Doctor should be.

When pressed about what traits The Thick of It actor would bring to the role that Matt Smith doesn’t, he replied:

Maturity. I think he might play it straighter than Matt does. Matt’s energy, he’s like a puppy dog. His Doctor is always discovering.

I think Capaldi might play the Doctor as someone who knows he’s been here before and seen it all, without getting overly excited. I can see more Christopher Eccleston’s energy than David Tennant and Matt’s.

Peter Capaldi IS the Twelfth Doctor Who!

So do you agree with Tovey’s assessment of Capaldi’s numerous talents? What do you want him to bring to the role?

With emotions being pitched and tossed between the heartache of Matt’s departure, the jubilant, celebratory anniversary and the elation that greeted the news of Capaldi’s appointment; it’s going to be a hell of winter!


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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.

3 Responses to Tovey: Peter Capaldi is “a genius”

  1. avatar TonyS says:

    I generally agree with what Russell Tovey says. I do wish, however, that the word “genius” be used more sparingly. That does not mean that I have anything but respect for Peter Capaldi in the roles I have seen him in. (Too few and I ended the sentence with a preposition. oops!) But genius is a high benchmark and it becomes devalued if used too often.

    • avatar Bob James says:

      I agree. We live in a world where people like Kanye West, and Jay Z are referred to as “genius”. People actually should use and refer to a good dictionary before they start throwing around that word. Just because someone does something in a way that a lot of people seem to enjoy doesn’t necessarily make them qualify.

  2. avatar DonnaM says:

    Setting aside the questionable use of language I’d certainly hope Tovey’s right! Matt’s very good at that over-excited labrador stuff, but I’d like to see a more restrained, slightly more world-weary cynical type of Doctor.

    I’ve seen Peter Capaldi in several things and a friend of mine saw him in The Ladykillers on stage a year or so back. He’s never been less than terrific, so I have very high hopes!

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