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Peter Capaldi: "His Name is the Doctor"

Thompson on Hollywood By David Chute | Thompson on Hollywood December 26, 2013 at 1:57PM

During a global simulcast on Christmas day, an understandably flustered-looking Peter Capaldi (potty-mouthed Malcolm Tucker from "The Thick of It") took over what can no longer be righteously referred to as the "title role" on the long-running BBC series "Doctor Who."
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Peter Capaldi: The New Doctor
Peter Capaldi: The New Doctor

During a global simulcast on Christmas day, an understandably flustered-looking Peter Capaldi (potty-mouthed Malcolm Tucker from "The Thick of It") took over what can no longer be righteously referred to as the "title role" on the long-running BBC series "Doctor Who."

Though the episode as a whole was (to put it kindly) somewhat cluttered, show runner Stephen Moffat ended this historic season on a fine note, playing out to the end a thread he'd been spinning for months around The Doctor's supposedly secret real name. This ploy was somewhat irritating for long-time fans, trained to insist that the show's title was a question, not a name. 

The question was asked many times last night, querulously, by the many species of ancient enemies besieging Trenzalore, until a voice over from Jenna Coleman's Clara voice over took them task for the mistake, insisting: "You've been getting it wrong. His name is The Doctor. All the name he'll ever need."

Amen.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.