Capaldi Could’ve Been The Eighth Doctor!

In the latest issue of American magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Peter Capaldi has revealed that he was potentially up for the role of the Eighth Doctor!

Paul McGann eventually made the grade and starred in the 1996 Doctor Who movie, but Capaldi says he was given the opportunity to audition – but chickened out! It was, however, for the best of reasons. “I didn’t go [to the audition],” he says. “I loved the show so much, and I didn’t think I would get it, and I didn’t want to just be part of a big cull of actors.”

From what we’ve heard, showrunner, Steven Moffat especially wanted Capaldi for the role; that The Thick of It actor was the lone horse in that race!

Personally, I’m pleased, as McGann is an excellent Doctor and remains one of my favourite actors. Nonetheless, a movie fronted by Capaldi is an idea to ponder over. If that had happened, he almost certainly wouldn’t have appeared in 2008’s The Fires of Pompeii, and he wouldn’t have had an on-screen adventure with the Daleks! In the same issue, he recalls his delight when a Dalek came out of the Thames in The Dalek Invasion of Earth: “It’s such a surprise… I loved the effort people put into making these strange worlds.”

The issue, out now in America, also features a brief guide to the show (including some, erm, unique fashion), as well as interview with Steven Moffat, director of the first two episodes, Ben Wheatley, and Jenna Coleman aka. Clara Oswald, the Doctor’s faithful companion.

Oh, and designer, Michael Pickwoad also takes Entertainment Weekly onto the TARDIS. A tweaked TARDIS, at that.

There’s also some stunning photography, so do try to pick yours up asap!


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion:

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