Peter Capaldi Turned Down The Chance To Audition For The Eighth Doctor

Back when Doctor Who was coming back from oblivion as an American TV movie in 1996, Peter Capaldi was asked to audition for the role of the Eighth Doctor, and he turned it down... because he knew he wouldn't get it.


Watching the video above, everybody seems as surprised as we are to hear this. Here's what Capaldi actually said, via DenofGeek:

I knew I wouldn't get it. I loved the show so much that I didn't want to have anything to do with it unless it was going to be me. I didn't want to have the disappointment and go through all the palaver of jumping through hoops for something that I would never get. Because I knew it was an American pilot, and I knew they would go for somebody who was well-known - which Paul was, and he was fantastic. So I didn't go along for the audition. I said to my agent 'Thank you very much, but I don't want to go along.'

Of course, we know that the auditions for the role involved reading some utterly bizarre script pages that bore almost no resemblance to the actual TV movie, and which Capaldi probably would have struggled to wrap his head around as a Who fan.


I love that Capaldi is such a fan. An even bigger one than Tennant was.