Whovian Mysteries

'Doctor Who' and the Case of the Recurring Peter Capaldi

Now that Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith has officially hung up his sonic screwdriver with the completion of filming on the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas special, all eyes turn to the man who’ll be taking his place: incoming Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi. We know little so far about what Capaldi’s Doctor will be like, or what storylines for his upcoming iteration will entail. We do know that apparently the actor will use his actual Scottish accent, but that’s about it.

However, one of the more interesting twists connected to the decision to cast Capaldi as the Doctor is that he’s actually be on the show before. This isn’t unprecedented – companions Freema Agyeman and Karen Gillan both had bit parts prior to their landing the roles of Martha and Amy, respectively. However, Capaldi’s actually popped up in the Whoniverse twice before now – once as Roman merchant Lucius Caecilius Iucundus in Series 4’s The Fires of Pompeii and then again as the uber-creepy Home Office secretary John Frobisher in Who spinoff Torchwood’s Children of Earth miniseries. So, fans have been wondering whether or not Capaldi’s previous appearances might be addressed.

Well, now it looks like we might get an answer to that question at some point.