Only if you sneak up on him with sheep shears, then card his hair, spin it into yarn and knit a sweater or something.
Peter Capaldi - First Read Through
people who say i’m starting to like twelve imply that there was a time they didn’t which boggles my mind
On the other hand, not everyone has had the benefit of knowing his work as well as the Capaldians do (especially Americans who haven’t had the best of access to his oeuvre for quite as long as other have had), and the premiere hasn’t even aired. The process of getting to like a new Doctor usually takes a bit more time, and certainly a bit more screen time than just those mere moments devoted to eyes and kidneys.
To those who only knew of the harder roles Peter has played, they’re accustomed to that sharp edge some of his performances have. They don’t know the genuine warmth of his gentle smile anywhere near as well as they know that snarl and that rictus, and this casts a shadow over him that takes time to resolve in the minds of some folks. Malcolm Tucker wasn’t meant to be a particularly likable character, even though he came to be loved for his unusual, acid charm. Stuff like that can really stick to an actor. It can be good, because it’s got him roles like King Charles I and Cardinal Richelieu, as well as spots either narrating or doing dramatic readings in a few documentaries, but it’s a double edged sword, because of the danger of typecasting.
Still, to like such a radically different Doctor, played by an actor best known for, and even somewhat fresh from, such an iconic role as Malcolm, before we see even one single episode of him takes a lot of trust and a lot of that capacity that not everyone has to see the potential in him. I think that is, in part, what the World Tour was for: to let the world see and get a sense of the actor himself and the new Doctor in order to put the doubters in the right mindset to see the him properly as the Doctor, as quickly as possible.
It does seem a bit hard to countenance from within the realm of Capaldia, but some folks really have needed a lot of convincing. He’s 25 years older than Matt Smith, and there’s never been so great an age gap between two successive actors playing the Doctor. In our superficial, youth-obsessed age, that’s a much bigger deal than it really should be because he’s only 56, but that’s a wall that really needs knocking down. It’s very hard not to like Peter because he’s so sweet and gentle, with such a youthful and exuberant spirit, and to let the fans actually see that really helps shatter the image of Malcolm Tucker and those odd preconceptions regarding his age. It’s easy to see that in his interviews for other things he’s done, but for a lot of people, that takes more digging and more research than they are likely to do on their own, especially if they’ve been busy mourning the departure of Matt Smith and suffering from disappointed expectations because they assumed that the Doctor has been aging backwards since 2005.
I think it’s incredibly obvious that Moffat really wants the 12th Doctor to be a success because he feels very passionately about how right Peter is for the role. I think Capaldians agree on that one. He wants Peter back for another series, and Peter has said he’d like to do another, too. I’m certain we agree on that one, too. But, all that is still up to the BBC. They haven’t extended the offer yet, and much will depend on the ratings, so all eyes are on them. Peter is a pretty hot commodity right now because of Malcolm Tucker, and it seems like just about everybody in the industry wants him, but it’s a really big deal to move such a powerhouse character actor as Peter with such a formidable list of credits, to the other side of the watershed hour, from adult programming to programming much more suitable for the kiddies. Moffat and company are stacking the deck as best they can to help ensure they can get him back for Series 9, but I think that’s why Peter is so nervous. He really wants the fans to like him, because if they do, he gets to hold onto the best job in television and the dream of a lifetime. If what we’ve seen so far is any indication, and I absolutely think it is, his future in the TARDIS is very likely to be secure. I sure hope so!
"The TARDIS has been stolen—by an ice cream man?!"
One of those times I wish I had the patience for audiobooks…
Well, funny you should say…. (Admittedly, this is actually Giuseppe’s line out of York, rather than Giovanni’s line out of Glasgow, but I’ve had some real trouble finding clear shots dealing with the latter. Because, apparently, the Glasgow ice cream business and cafe run by Peter’s father, had vans for a time, too. What I’m not sure of, though, is if the cafe is still running. I’m hoping it is!)
it’s about, truthfully bringing as much of me to the doctor as written, as possible. what you bring to it, is yourself. (x)
He had me at “attack eyebrows”.
It’s been pretty official for months now, but it just keeps getting more and more official: Twelvie is definitely my favorite Doctor! (Not that I had any doubts on that score!)
A Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers, and says ”Five beers, please.”
i dont get it
No one explain it
After the Roman drinks the beers, he tells the bartender, “I want a martinus.”
"Don’t you mean a martini?”
"If I wanted two, I would’ve asked for them."
these are the best jokes ever
As a lover of Latin, I have to say that this is the best thing since the “Romani eunt domus” scene in “The Life of Brian.”
Right, I’m asure alot of us Capaldians have recently seen Peter pass off our love for him as that ‘It’s The Doctor that they love’ - well I have decieded we NEED to do something about this ASAP!
I have chosen we need to make him a BOOK to keep. Now this may sound quite hard yet really it…
Please step back a moment and think.
Peter Capaldi has made it clear in interviews that he is a very happily married man, and that he doesn’t like thinking about people being attracted to him. Look at his reactions to people being attracted to both Malcolm and the Doctor, and how careful he is, always, to say it’s the character.
I don’t think Mr. Capaldi wants to receive tributes to his hands, or his dancing, or his eyebrows.
A tribute book for his acting, sure. But don’t try to convince him that his fans *love* him, because he’s tried, repeatedly, to ward questions about that off.
As we’re not planning on gang banging him or on asking him to father our child but on expressing our innocent fondness of him (as an actor and a person) I don’t think he will have objections against a project like ours.
We just have to convey that we’re fans not stalkers.
Exactly this. ^^ There are plenty of good ways to show him that it’s more than just the Doctor who inspires us, but Peter, the person, and it’s entirely possible to do this in a reasonably calm, restrained and respectful fashion. It’s things like how very kind he is to the kids, how he’s a fan like us, his curiosity, how gracious he is, how he took the trouble to learn how to say a number of things in three foreign languages to speak to his fans in non-English-speaking lands on the World Tour, and how much his own enthusiasm has touched us and made us so glad to welcome him as the Doctor.
Quick sketch of 3 little derpy aliens marathoning in an alien world.
And the Doctor.
I am really loving the atmosphere of this!
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890 - 1937),
I post this for a few reasons. First, it’s Howie’s birthday today and I would be remiss (as I have been before, much to my shame) to neglect this. Second, this is one of my favorite of his quotes. Howie was not only the Father of Modern American Horror (which would have shocked him deeply, as he was sure he’d be forgotten after his death), but also a devoted art lover and he spent many hours in the many galleries of Providence, drinking in the beauty there, as well as on his long nature rambles outside the city and in the countryside during visits to friends. Third, I post this thinking about Peter Capaldi as he, in his gentle and profoundly modest way, is so sure it’s the Doctor we love rather than him. I have pondered for some time today how this sentiment that Howie wrote in the 1920’s goes so directly to what I really like most about both Peter and Howie. According to his long-time friend, Craig Ferguson, Peter’s a fan of Howie’s, so I thought it fitting. Of course, what Peter does for a living is, in a very real way, an expression of his responsiveness, and that, I think it why he’ll make such an amazing Doctor. He’s doing it out of love, and that makes all the difference.
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"Just Peter" is a truly wonderful person, so full of warmth and kindness, and he really is an inspiration in so many ways. I’m so glad we’ve got a chance to get to know him a bit. The Doctor is a fantastical figure from stories, but "just Peter" is real, and he’s really touched our hearts.