Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi revealed as 12th Doctor

Why am I writing about a TV programme?  Because this is momentous!  It’s the longest running Sc-Fi series in history, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and has been potentially seen by three generations of children.  Now the twelfth Time Lord has been announced.

William Hartnell as the First Doctor

William Hartnell as the First Doctor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Time Lord

Voices of the future
from creatures of the past.

And we hid.

We hid behind the sofa
with cushions on our heads,
still peeking at the monsters
in silver, black and red.
Yes we hid behind the sofa,
hoping we’d not be seen
by the indomitable daleks
bursting from our screen.

Who could save us?
The Doctor.
Doctor Who?
That’s right.








Last of the Time Lords.
Survivor of the Time Wars.
Traveller in time and space.
Guardian of the human race.
He lives, he dies, regenerates.
Hartnell, Troughton, Davison,
two Bakers and a Pertwee.
McCoy, McGann and Ecclestone,
Tennant, Smith and now Capaldi.

Spinning in the Tardis
along vortices of time,
saviour of the universe
cutting through the grime
of evil to be done away
by the last,
the very last surviving
Lord of Gallifrey.


4th August 2013 – headline from the BBCNotes:  “Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi revealed as 12th Doctor.”  Actor Peter Capaldi has been announced as the new star of BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who.  The 55-year-old Glasgow-born star will be the 12th actor to play the Doctor, replacing outgoing lead Matt Smith.  It is not the first time Capaldi has appeared on the show – he played Roman merchant Caecilius in 2008 Doctor Who adventure The Fires of Pompeii.  At 55, he is the same age as William Hartnell when he was cast in the role as the first Doctor in 1963.  “Being asked to play the Doctor is an amazing privilege. Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can’t wait to get started,” he said.

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