You read that right- the current and twelfth incarnation of the Doctor on the cult favorite TV series Doctor Who
, Peter Capaldi, has revealed that he turned down an audition for the Doctor Who
1996 movie, for a reason which may surprise fans- he didn’t believe in himself!
Capaldi’s first season run as the Doctor came to an end just last week, and fans of the show have been rejoicing over the spectacular casting of Capaldi on the producers’ part, since he indeed turned out to be an absolutely brilliant version of the Doctor, just as his previous counterparts in the renewed series, from Christopher Eccleston to David Tennant to Matt Smith have.
Yet, as new information has come to light during the launch of the Doctor Who
series eight DVD set, we see Capaldi talking of how, once upon a time, he didn’t allow himself to audition for the role he currently plays, saying that he believed there was no way he would get it when put up against other actors such as Paul McGann himself, and that he refused to have anything to do with a series he himself loved so much unless it was ensured he would be a part of it, which he, back then, heavily believed he wouldn’t have; stating that:
"I didn't want the disappointment [after] going through all the palaver - jumping through hoops for something I would never get.”
Instead, the role went to Paul McGann, who, Capaldi went on to say, did a spectacular job with the role, while he himself recalled telling his agent “thank you very much, but I don’t want to go along [with the audition].”
Surprising as it is after such a comment, we are glad to say that Peter Capaldi will be returning as the Doctor in season nine of the show, as well as in this year's Christmas special, the trailer of which can be seen below:
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