BBC’s Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction program on television. For 50 years, Doctor Who fans aka “Whovians” have tuned in to watch the time-travelling humanoid alien, The Doctor. The show was most recently revived in 2005, and since then two actors have tried to travel in The Doctor’s sci-fi shoes. This weekend, Scottish actor Peter Capaldi will be the third.
Capaldi told NPR that when he was a teen in the early 1960s, he wrote a fan letter and got in return two scripts from episodes that hadn’t been broadcast yet. “It sort of changed my life,” Capaldi said. “Someone admitted me into the magic circle, showed me how this stuff was made, and I loved it. This show kinda propelled me into being an actor anyway, even if I hadn’t become Doctor Who.”