“Who has bagged the little blue box?”
Was the first question that host of evening, Zoe Ball had asked when she got on stage, and funny enough, it was the same questions that fans and critics a like have been asking since Matt Smith reveal his resignation from the hit television series.
Now who is the lucky person to take over the role as the Twelfth Doctor, you may ask? Well the honor has gone to….
For those of you not familiar with him, the Scottish actor had been the front-runner for several weeks now and it looks like if you were taking bets then you would be a little bit richer. He has previously been on Torchwood: Children of Earth, World War Z, The Thick of It and even was in Doctor Who as Caecilius in “The Fires of Pompeii.”
The Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor live special started with a compilation of the eleven Doctors which eventually gave way to the stage where host, Ball and some of her guest sat. Fifth Doctor, Peter Davidson, actress Liza Tarbuck and child actor Daniel Roche answering questions such as who their favorite Doctor was and what makes this show withstand the test of time. When it came time for them to be asked whether or not they knew who would be taking over the TARDIS, they had to admit they had no idea.
Matt Smith had pre-recorded an interview since he was currently in Hollywood filming a movie. In the interview, you could see how emotional he got about the prospect of leaving the role that made him a household name. The first thing he talked about was how the public was not welcoming as him as the Doctor stating that he was “too young” and was “not the Doctor” but as it turned out, he proved the nay-sayers wrong.
Throughout the interview, there was a montage of his Doctor being crazy and zany, just like the fans like him. One thing that Smith said stood out the most, “one last hurrah for the drunk giraffe” which could probably describe his years on the show in a nutcase.
When he was asked about what he thought about his successor and let’s just say that he completely trusted him, “if I had to choose someone, it would be him.”
After taking a look at what exactly is the regeneration process with the help of several former companions and even a former Doctor (Colin Baker), we were brought back to the live stage where Bernard Cribbins who played Wilfred Mott and Rufus Hound, sat. Like Davidson, Tarbuck and Roche, the duo were asked several question including one about the impact Doctor Who has had.
Series writer and current show-runner, Steven Moffat talked for a little bit through a pre-recorded video before it was time to unveil who would be the new star of the show, and if you couldn’t tell by the live footage or the continual tweets on Twitter, fans were beyond eager.
According to Moffat, they had considered Capaldi when they were casting the 11th Doctor. “There comes a right time for the right person to play it,” he said.
“We all had the same idea and it was a quite different idea,” Moffat added. When he and his team made a video with Capaldi, “everybody saw it and was like, ‘That’s the Doctor.’ ”
When Capaldi first sat down on the couch after being named the Twelfth Doctor the first thing he said to the audience was “It’s so wonderful not to keep this secret any longer, but it’s been so fantastic,.” Apparently when the actor had been called about getting the role he had been in the middle of filming a scene for The Three Musketeers so his phone was on silent. Upon calling back his manager, the manager’s greeting was, “Hello Doctor.”
The most adorable part of the entire Capaldi interview was the fact like Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, Capaldi had wanted to be an incarnation of the Doctor, even writing a letter to RadioTimes saying how it was his dream to one day be one of them.
Looks like dreams do come true and we look forward to seeing you take on the iconic role come next year.
So for you Whovians out there, what do you think about Peter Capaldi taking on the TARDIS?