Dr. Who Premieres Tonight With Peter Capaldi Taking Over As The Famous Timelord

Dr. Who Premieres Tonight With Peter Capaldi Taking Over As The Famous Timelord

I love this show. I grew up with this show. It’s inside of me“. Those are the poignant words of the man who has taken over the lead role on TV’s longest running science fiction show, Dr. Who. Tonight on BBC America, Peter Capaldi will embody the time traveling humamnoid, in the latest season of the 50 year old series.

Titled, “Deep Breath“, the new episode will allow fans (called “Whovians”) to get their first real taste of Capaldi as the new doctor; both as a new actor in the role and a new personality within its lead character. Any fan of the show will tell you that change is always hard at first. Peter has become the twelfth version of the doctor since the series began in 1963, through a process of regeneration in the story. The new personality and style that each new actor brings to the role, is incorporated into the series, which of course can either bring new life into the franchise or hurt it, pending on fan reception.

Picture Shows: Jenna Coleman as Clara

British actress Jenna Coleman, returns as Dr. Who’s trusty companion Clara Oswald. Just like the series fans, she has had to make her own adjustments with a new leading man and a “changed” doctor. She told BBC recently during a Q&A concerning her feelings with the new timelord:

For Clara it unbalances her and throws everything up in the air. She has gone from feeling safe – in moments of danger the Doctor would catch her – and thinking she had it all sussed, then suddenly this new guy has come along who she can’t quite access in the same way. He’s removed, he’s not as patient, and he’s much more alien and enigmatic. It’s really hard for her. Her best friend is a changed person, and it is very difficult for her to accept that and move forward“.

When it came to describing working with her new acting partner Capaldi, the 28 year old actress wasn’t as confused, telling the BBC:

It’s been a joy. He’s so funny and so generous. That’s one of the things from day one on the shoot. He was looking after me on his first day, which I just think is testament to the type of man he is. He is the epitome of grace. He is that kind of man that takes care of all of those around him. Despite all of that, he’s just so skilled and so brave and bold in the choices that he makes, and really clever and dynamic. What I love about him is that he’s so prepped and immersed in the job, but then at a moment’s notice he’s not afraid to abandon any plan and try something else. He’s a really fearless actor that’s very generous to those around him. We just have such a laugh as well. We’ve laughed the whole way through the series together“.

Picture Shows:  Peter Capaldi as The Doctor

The 56 year old Scottish born actor and film director, who has been a fan himself of the show since it’s start in the early 60’s, told the news outlet The Guardian this past July, that although excited at the offer, he did have to take a moment and think about it’s impact on his career and life. “I had to think carefully about the level of visibility. My life was blessed, but as soon as this happened I had paparazzi outside my house,” Capaldi told the paper, saying “once that genie is out of the bottle, it doesn’t go back in.”

Watch the official trailer for the new Dr. Who below:

The first episode of the the new season begins tonight on BBC America, Saturday at 8pm ET. Watch it and let us know what you think of the new doctor and new season. As Clara puts it once the lever in the Tardis is pulled…”Here we go again“.

Visit BBC America: Dr. Who Official

Photos: Ray Burmiston, ©BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 All Rights Reserved.

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