April 6-7, 2024
Written by Mark Halyday
He’s the Twelfth Doctor, but where else have you seen “Supa-Star” Peter Capaldi?
Home Office Permanent Secretary John Frobisher – Torchwood
Torchwood: Children Of Earth was a five-part miniseries that served as the third season of this Doctor Who spin-off. When malevolent alien forces of The 456 invaded, the government used Frobisher as a scapegoat.
On a lighter note, the character was named after a shapeshifting penguin from a Doctor Who comic strip. As always in the Whoniverse, there are shades of light and dark in everything…
Malcolm Tucker – The Thick Of It
Director of Communications Malcolm Tucker is Capaldi’s second-most iconic role, best-known for his expletive-ridden rants about the ineptitude of all those around him. After the unsavoury departure of actor Chris Langham from the series, Capaldi’s Tucker became the lightning rod for the chaos associated with The Thick Of It.
Sid’s Dad – Skins
Even though this was a guest role spanning less than six episodes over the course of two years, Capaldi still brought together a special character in Sid’s Dad. He was instantly hilarious with sweary lectures that would make Malcolm Tucker proud, belying a stern but ultimately nurturing heart. His final episode on the anthology series is utterly heartbreaking, humanising his rough character before a tragic twist. One of his best.
Mr Curry – Paddington
Paddington was the surprise British export of 2014, a live-action adaptation of the classic Michael Bond children’s stories. Capaldi plays Paddington’s grumpy neighbour Mr Curry, alongside Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent. Future Doctor Who alumni Matt Lucas even swings by. Capaldi reprised his role in last year’s Paddington 2.
WHO Doctor – World War Z
After Matt Smith handed in his keys to the TARDIS, Whovians everywhere theorised which actor would take up the mantle as the new Doctor. Naturally, some rabid fans even noticed this spoiler-y character title in the Brad Pitt zombie flick World War Z. Those fans were proven correct; less than two months after World War Z’s release, the WHO Doctor was announced as the new lead of Doctor Who.
Laurence Barker – Midsomer Murders
Further evidence that literally every actor ever has appeared on long-running British detective drama Midsomer Murders at some point.
Lobus Caecilius – Doctor Who (Again)
Same show, different role. For the show’s fourth season, David Tennant was the Doctor and Peter Capaldi was a one-off guest star, playing Lobus Caecilius, a Pompeii citizen doomed to his destiny thanks to a fixed point in time. Upon the insistence of his companion Donna, the Doctor saved one family – Caecillius and his kin – and Capaldi was indoctrinated into the mega-family of Doctor Who. The character would later reflect that he subconsciously chose this face to remind him of that merciful day.
You can catch Peter Capaldi at Supanova Comic Con & Gaming Melbourne (21–22 April) and Gold Coast (28-29 April).