So, Witterlog has been quiet lately (as have both Gibberlog and Blatherlog). What can I say, life has a tendency to get in the way of one’s hobbies! I apologise to the few of you who care and I’ll make an effort to get back into the swing of things soon. But what better way to break the drought than to announce the identity of the actor lined up to play the twelfth incarnation of everyone’s favourite Time Lord!
Announced earlier this evening on BBC1, the successor to Matt Smith is none other than Scottish actor Peter Capaldi. Peter was apparently the bookies’ favourite, though thought by some to be a brave choice as he is most famous for his portrayal of the potty-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the scathingly funny political satire, The Thick of It. However the 55 year old actor has an enormous range and an extremely successful career to date (including an Oscar!), like some of his predecessors including Chris Ecclestone and others from the classic series. His age will be welcome to many who appreciate a little more maturity in their Time Lords (only William Hartnell was older). Most importantly though, he has a real affinity for the show; as a 15-year old, he proved his fandom by having a letter published in the Times; He played a fictional version of Caecilius in The Fires of Pompeii, and returned to the Doctor Who franchise in 2009, playing civil servant John Frobisher in Torchwood: Children of Earth.
There is much to look forward to here – bring it on Peter! And all the very best of luck to you.