There have been a couple of Scotsmen who have played The Doctor before the latest actor Peter Capaldi, the Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy and Number Ten David Tennant were both from the northern part of the British Isles. But when the eighth series of Doctor Who bows next fall, Capaldi will get to do something that neither McCoy or Tennant were allowed to do during their tenure in the TARDIS, use their natural Scottish accent for the part.
Trivia experts will note that The Doctor’s had Scottish companions before, like Jamie McCrimmon, a 18th century piper played by Frazer Hines (who holds the record for the longest serving companion), but this is the first occasion that the Time Lord himself will sound anything but English.
In an article in the Daily Mirror a BBC spokesperson confirmed that Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor will sound more like Groundskeeper Willie than Harry Potter (sorry about the stereotyping to our UK fans). Moreover, it seems that speaking in his natural voice was not a stipulation from Capaldi as condition for taking on the role of The Doctor. “The decision for Peter Capaldi to have a Scottish accent as the Doctor was a creative decision and it was not part of his contract,” said the spokesperson.
So Capaldi’s already made history despite playing the part for all of two minutes. Many people, including myself, wondered if we had heard a Scottish voice coming out of the mouth of Capaldi in that first scene, so it’s nice to have official confirmation. Now I know a lot of people were disappointed that the new Doctor wasn’t a departure from the norm by becoming either a woman or a member of a visible minority, but in terms of small steps, a Scottish Doctor is, at least, some kind of change from the everyday.
What do you Bastards think of the change? Looking forward to a Scottish Doctor?