‘Doctor Who’: ‘Local Hero’ and more of Peter Capaldi’s best roles
Now that he’s been announced as the 12th Doctor on “Doctor Who,” here’s a look back at some the best moments from Peter Capaldi’s career, going back to the early 1980s.
Whovians may recognize him for his previous appearance on “Doctor Who,” as Caecilius in the Series 4 episode “The Fires of Pompeii.” He also starred in “Torchwood: Children of Earth” with John Barrowman, otherwise known as Captain Jack Harkness.
One of Capaldi’s first roles was in 1983’s “Local Hero,” alongside Peter Riegert and Burt Lancaster. In the film he plays a young representative for an oil company who learns his employer plans to buy a small village in Scotland to turn into a refinery.
He also stars in the 2009 comedy “In The Loop” with James Gandolfini. He plays his character from the TV series “The Thick of It,” the Director of Communications for the Prime Minister of Northampton. The movie is a spinoff of the show, which ran from 2005-2012. “The Thick of It” and “In The Loop can both be watched on Hulu.
Something to note is Capaldi is the first Doctor who have won an Academy Award. He wrote and directed the short “Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life,” which won an Oscar in 1994.
Ironically, Capaldi’s most recent role in “World War Z” came with a curious name. He played the part of W.H.O. Doctor. Of course, W.H.O. stands for World Health organization, but the coincidence is pretty awesome.
Capaldi will become the madman with a box when Matt Smith regenerates during the 2013 “Doctor Who” Christmas special, which airs on December 25.