Last Christmas was heartbreaking for us Whovians as we had to say goodbye to our beloved Eleventh Doctor, played by Matt Smith. I don’t know about you guys, but I cried. Hard, so hard.
But we also got our very first look at the Twelfth Doctor (because looking at his eyes on ‘The Day of the Doctor’ does not really count) with a first line as simple as: “Kidneys! I got new kidneys!”
Yes man, you have new kidneys.
Now, after months of grief (because Eleven has a very very special place in my heart) and waiting, Doctor Who comes back to our screens on August 23rd. I can’t wait to hear the sound of the TARDIS again! And in order to get you even more excited about it, I’m going to share with you some Doctor Who trivia. These 12 facts are from the new Doctor Who, but don’t worry: I’ll be sharing with you some classic Who trivia soon!
Shall we start?
1. Peter Capaldi (below) is the first actor to play the Doctor (in this new series) to be born before the original series premiered.
3. Peter Capaldi is the third Scottish actor to play the Doctor (after Sylvester McCoy and David Tennant), the third actor to be older than the one they are replacing and the first Oscar winner to play the time lord (he won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1995 for Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life).
4. The oldest actor to play the Doctor is John Hurt.
5. Russell T. Davies did not audition any actors for the Tenth Doctor. He had recently finished working with David Tennant and considered him perfect for the role.
6. Christopher Eccleston is actually the third actor to play the Ninth Doctor. Rowan Atkinson played the Ninth Doctor in the 1999 BBC Comic Relief charity spoof Comic Relief: Doctor Who – The Curse of Fatal Death. In 2003, Richard E. Grant voiced a Ninth Doctor in the BBC web animation Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka. However, Eccleston’s Doctor is canon.
7. Hugh Grant was approached to play the Ninth Doctor but turned it down as he thought the show wouldn’t take off. He obviously regretted this after seeing the success of the show.
8. Russell T. Davies originally wanted Kate Winslet as River Song.
9. Ninth and Eleventh are the only Doctors to never encounter the Master on-screen.
10. Russell T. Davies has stated he named Captain Jack Harkness after Agatha Harkness from the Fantastic Four comic.
12. Adrienne Tyler wants to be either the Doctor, a companion or producer of the show.
Maybe #12 is not a fact you can get from the BBC, but it’s a fact, nonetheless!
Doctor Who is a special part of the lives of many of us, whether it’s a nostalgia thing or because it was there when times were rough; truth is that Whovians are about to emerge from the shadows once August 23rd comes.
Apologies in advanced to my non-Whovian friends’, because I’m sure I won’t shut up about it!
Everybody ready to go back to the TARDIS?[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TivqZTq5u6Y&w=560&h=315]