Cool. This is going to be the first time a Doctor has been played by someone I'm familiar with before watching him in Who. (I'd seen Troughton, Tom Baker, McGann, Eccleston, and Tennant in various things, but didn't recognize them) Capaldi's a brilliant actor, and I'm sure he'll be terrific.
But given that -
1. His life was saved by the Doctor in Fires of Pompeii
2. He played an unforgettable villain in Torchwood: Children of Earth, culminating in him pulling a truly horrific act
3. His last role was as a WHO Doctor in World War Z
... this is going to be even weirder than that part in Arc of Infinity where Colin Baker shoots Peter Davison.
Incidentally, Capaldi's an Oscar Winner - he won Best Live Action Short for writing and directing "Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life"... which starred Richard E Grant. You know, the Great Intelligence. And also the campy Doctor from Curse of the Fatal Death.
It's like they're trying to make our nerd-brains explode.
(HBO has Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life up on Youtube. And yes, it's every bit as insane as that title.)
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I'm currently working on my long-belated review of The Name of the Doctor and my review of Season 7 overall, after which I'm going to return to posting regularly: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. After finishing Torchwood Season 1, I'll be attempting to get entirely through the New Series, interspersed with Torchwood, before the 50th Anniversary Special. If my math is right, I should just make it.