There's a story behind the ring Peter Capaldi will wear on Doctor Who

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Aug 13, 2014, 12:47 PM EDT

For a while now, we've noticed a ring adorning Peter Capaldi's finger. It's not his wedding ring. So what's the deal?

Each Doctor has his own costume, his own adornments. Some serve a purpose, some are merely style choices. Other than the red lining of his coat, Capaldi's costume has been relatively sedate compared with most of his predecessors. Except for one other interesting detail -- this ring.

People have been noticing this ring since early on (that's obsessive fandom for you), but the details were unknown. At first people thought it was his wedding band, but it isn't. Finally, though, we've got the real scoop. Jewelers in South Wales were commissioned to craft the ring, double-banded with a green amber stone.

More than that, Kate Dumbleton and Petra Aydin Barberini, who worked on the ring, have an 11-year-old son, Idris, who wrote a special note for Capaldi explaining the ring's origins.

This timeless gold ring contains green amber collected by the Doctor on the planet Raxacoricofallapatorius. It reminds him of all the wars he has won but also all the lives he has taken. This thought lurks on his conscience to this day. To Peter, Best wishes being the New Doctor Who from Idris 

Apparently, Capaldi was touched and wrote a grateful response.

Of course, it's also interesting that BBC Wales would want the Doctor to have a ring at all. Could this ring be similar to the signet ring the First Doctor, William Hartnell, used to wear?

Hartnell's ring was used for hypnosis, operated parts of the TARDIS at times and was kind of the sonic screwdriver before there was a sonic screwdriver. Maybe this latest Doctor will return to his Hartnell roots.

What do you think? Are you game for the new Doctor to have a new/old gadget?

(via Wales Online)