What BBC's letting Capaldi do on Doctor Who (that they wouldn’t let Tennant)

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Dec 31, 2013, 9:31 AM EST

Peter Capaldi has only been the 12th Doctor for a whopping total of two minutes on screen, but he’s already accomplished something that 10th Doctor David Tennant couldn’t do during his lengthy tenure on Doctor Who.

Though U.S. fans might not have noticed it, Capaldi’s Doctor used the actor’s natural Scottish accent during his first brief appearance at the end of “The Time of the Doctor.” So what’s the big deal? Fan-favorite 10th Doctor David Tennant also has a Scots accent, and wanted to use it, but the BBC wouldn't let him.

No one knows why, but the BBC has apparently changed its attitude toward non-English accents, which the network confirmed in a statement to The Mirror. A BBC spokesperson noted: “The decision for Peter Capaldi to have a Scottish accent as the Doctor was a creative decision and it was not part of his contract.”

That report goes on to speculate that showrunner Steven Moffat might’ve used Amy Pond’s surprising final appearance, played by Scottish actress Karen Gillan, to leave the accent as the last one on the mind of the Time Lord. Whatever the reasoning, we can’t wait to see more of Capaldi in action — rockin' his natural voice.


What did you think of Capaldi’s natural accent? Did you even notice it?

(Via The Mirror)