And The Doctor Is….

The-Doctor

Peter Capaldi!

The last person I expected it to be precisely because he was the bookmakers favourite. Back before Matt Smith was announced in 2009 the favourite was Paterson Joseph from Peep Show and instead we got a young white guy with big ears/hair/chin.

I was planning to use this post to introduce you to whatever obscure actor had been passed the sonic screwdriver shaped baton but as it’s Peter Capaldi… do I have to?

Most known for his role as the truly iconic Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It Capaldi does have a bit of a history in the world of Doctor Who having played the role of Caecilius in 2008 episode The Fires of Pompeii alongside a pre-companion Karen Gillan. Capaldi also played John Frobisher in the only good series of Torchwood in 2009 when aliens demand the Earth’s children. The series was called Torchwood: Children of Earth and was genuinely gripping and featured a below average amount of John Barrowman – these two facts may be related.

Peter Capaldi is an excellent actor and while his casting may not be the big shocker I was expecting it is undeniably a good choice and though I will miss the excitable Matt Smith I look forward to Capaldi stepping up this Christmas.

And as we get to keep Jenna-Louise Coleman the dads (and film bloggers) will be kept happy.

Ramsay Street to Prime Time, Neighbours Stars in American TV

With my favourite former Neighbours star set to debut her new American series on BBC2 tonight I have decided to look back at the actors who have escaped from the show my sister used to make me watch, and are now regulars on American TV. These are the success stories.

Margot Robbie
Where did you come from?
Back on Ramsay Street Robbie played Donna Freedman, notable for wearing dungarees, hiding the departure of her father, being Ringo’s girlfriend and kissing Sunny, the least convincing exchange student ever. After a rocky start in the fashion industry Donna eventually left to study in New York.
Where did you go?
In one of the biggest hits of the new US TV season Robbie stars alongside Christina Ricci in Pan Am. Following the exploits of a group of air stewardesses, Robbie’s character Laura is on the run from her mundane life and is on a search for adventures in the sky and across the globe in the 60s. Pan Am premieres on BBC2 tonight (16th Nov) at 9pm.

Jesse Spencer
Where did you come from?
Spencer started his career in Neighbours as Billy Kennedy, son of soap royalty Karl and Susan. After five years of adventures including a kissing contest and carpentry, Spencer got bored and left the show, only to return once for a cameo in 2005.
Where did you go?
Now Spencer co-stars in one of TV’s most popular dramas as Dr. Robert Chase in House. Starring alongside fellow import Hugh Laurie, Spencer has solved many a medical mystery, gained and lost a fiancĂ©e, and left and rejoined the team at least once. House currently airs on Sky1.
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