Creator: Peter Capaldi

Hey, if you'd been cast to star in your favourite TV show, you'd be smiling too.
Peter Capaldi (1958-present) is a British actor, hailing from Glasgow with an extensive career, ranging from World War Z to Skins to Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It. In 1995, he won a Best Live Action Short Film Oscar for Franz Kafka's It's A Wonderful Life and also has two BAFTA Awards to his name. He played Cardinal Richelieu in a 2014 BBC adaptation of The Three Musketeers.

In 2013 he was named the Twelfth Doctor in Doctor Who, succeeding Matt Smith. A fan since childhood, he wrote a letter to the BBC's Radio Times when he was 15, and later wrote articles and submitted fan art to Doctor Who fan magazines. Not new to appearing on the series, he had made a previous appearance on the show as a different character, and he also turned up in the spinoff Torchwood.

His hand (pulling a lever on the TARDIS) and his eyes (apparently glaring) appeared in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, with said shot even having its own fan club by now.

Has no relation with Francesca Capaldi, and no, that's NOT his daughter.

Roles include:

Tropes associated with this actor's work include:

  • Cast the Expert: More than just a fan of Doctor Who, Capaldi attempted to become the head of its national fan club, wrote a letter to the Radio Times praising its coverage of the 10th anniversary (see Old Shame, below), and even combined his art-school education with his fandom to write a detailed article for a fanzine about the show's opening sequences.
  • Cool Old Guy: Second-oldest actor to play the Doctor (after William Hartnell) and indications are that he's having a great deal of fun at it.
    • "Robot of Sherwood" has him swordfighting Robin Hood... with a spoon. The glee is palpable.
  • Death Glare: Steven Moffat even goes as far as to call it "pure evilness" in an April Fool's Day joke. The script for "Deep Breath," Capaldi's first full-length episode as the Doctor, lampshades this.
  • Happily Married: Has commented that his ideal Doctor Who companion would be "My wife" and has stubbornly kept his wedding ring on while filming series 8.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Before playing the Twelfth Doctor (who at times comes close to Mean Character territory, being much more cold and abrasive than his previous incarnations,) Capaldi was known for playing vile spin doctor Malcolm Tucker and villainous Cardinal Richilieu. But he is generally hailed as one of the true nice guys of British television off-camera.
  • Old Shame: Seems to view his Radio Times letter as this, seeing as how he admitted to keeping it a secret from his wife during the live announcement of his casting and, during his Sydney interview, sheepishly facepalms himself when his interviewer starts reading it to the audience.
    • When the letter is brought up during his appearance on The Graham Norton Show, among other things, his facepalms become very hammy.
    • Mention The Dreamboys (a punk-rock band he sang for in his youth, with Craig Ferguson as the drummer) and watch him turn completely red and make embarrassed noises.
  • One of Us: A lifelong Who fan, although during his teen years he hid his geekdom to avoid being bullied.
  • Promoted Fanboy: A young Capaldi wrote to the Radio Times about his favourite show, hoping it would release a special episode to celebrate 25 years on air. Two and a half decades later, in the 50th anniversary special, Capaldi made his debut as the Twelfth Doctor.
  • Rule of Three: As noted above, in his third appearance in the Whoniverse he becomes the lead.
  • Star-Making Role: While he'd had a successful decades-long career beforehand it was his sweary, raging performance as Malcolm Tucker that really made him a household name. Doctor Who is this for people outside of the UK.
  • Wham Line: Admitted to turning down an Eighth Doctor audition at the Series 8 DVD launch because he felt the time wasn't right. Even Moffat was stumped. Leads into a Hilarious in Hindsight moment.
    "Think of the amount of Big Finish you would have done by now."