It’s really hard to come into a role as a character much beloved by fans everywhere. It’s safe to say that fans of Doctor Who have been scrutinizing casting choices ever since the dawn of time. But fear not, because one favourite has scarily bounded to our screens with his scrutinising eyebrows and now takes the guise of the Doctor. That’s right, we are merely minutes away from seeing Peter Capaldi at the helm of the TARDIS and we are terribly excited, especially learning that it is going to take a darker tone, there will be no flirting and it’s bleeding Peter Capaldi! But where did this elusive man come from?
Honourable Mention: Peter Capaldi is on the verge of breaking Hollywood and no doubt will after his stint in the series, but he has played some incredible side characters in recent times. But for added effect, check out his Oscar-winning short as he directs and writes Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life. It's genius.
Alexander Dumas’ trio of merry men that bound through France, slicing up criminals for money and defending the King, may be a story that has been adapted many times. It’s understandable that BBC recent adaptation may have fallen a bit flat upon release but it burnt with extraordinary performances, exquisite storytelling and a villainous turn for Capaldi. As Cardinal Richelieu, Capaldi turns France into a game of power and evil. In a role previously accomplished by Christoph Waltz and Tim Curry, Capaldi was simply riveting and compelling as the Cardinal, attempting to usurp the King from the throne and incite war.
The cast in this Channel 4 four-part drama is completely unforgettable and incredible. But being the singular source of most praise from critics in the midst of Michael Fassbender, John Simm and Dominic West means you have acting talent to boot. This fictional account of the English Civil War told through the eyes of a 17-year-old girl may have been filled with anachronisms, but was still a glorious depiction of the events in 1642. Capaldi played King Charles I and his powerful leadership over the looming and devastating poor.
Written by the woman behind The Iron Lady (Abi Morgan), The Hour is centred on a news room and the lives of the people who create it. Set in the year of 1957, the broadcast team are attempting to grapple with the looming threat of The Cold War. Peter Capaldi came to the crew in series two and plays the tight regime bastard Randall who upsets the status quo and forces the presenters and reporters to tear at their allegiances. The entire series was an invigorating drama that boasted some impressive performances and tackled some heavy drama of those on the frontline of news. Though cancelled, it is still lauded as a wonderful BBC2 Series.
Fuckity bye! It’s obviously the television show that everybody knows Peter Capaldi from because, frankly, he is superb. Playing spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC comedy mock behind-the-scenes look at a political campaign, his abusive one-liners and angry tirades are so enticingly funny that the whole show becomes about him. Spinning off into movie In The Loop and continuing to please fans worldwide, his character Tucker has become a pinnacle of Capaldi’s career so much so that everyone is still talking about the Doctor's first words of the new series to be “cunt…..” on a family show.
Ah, yes. For those beady-eyed fans (everyone) who has pointed this out, Peter Capaldi popped up in the show mere years before. Starring alongside David Tennant and Catherine Tate in a quite moving episode, Capaldi plays Caecillus who takes The Doctor and Donna in after they land only a day before the infamous Vesuvius erupted and killed most of Pompeii. Though a lot of the visceral content landed squarely on The Doctor and his choice to save those who he knows will perish, Capaldi is witty, funny and emotive in his role, a role that has been alluded to make a comeback in the new series.
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