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Doctor Who fans are passionate. Any Whovian knows this, but just how far did 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi go in his Whovian dedication.

It’s probably inevitable that fandom devotees get a certain amount of grief for their dedication. Trekkies learn Klingon and compare prosthetic Vulcan ears. TwiHards have their bodies tattooed with the stars of the movie and phrases from the book and have special Twilight rooms. Lady Gaga’s little monsters have done everything imaginable.

So, when Peter Capladi admitted on live TV to being a life-long Doctor Who fan, he wasn’t kidding. We all saw the revelation that he once wrote a letter to the editor of the Radio Times back when he was a young teenager in 1974. He enjoyed a Doctor Who special that they did and was hopeful that they’d do something even bigger in 1988 when it was time for the 25th anniversary of the show.

capaldi letter radio times
It has now come to light that this wasn’t the only letter written by Capaldi. As SFX reports, the young teen Capaldi was something of a thorn in the backside of the Official Doctor Who fanclub and in fact the BBC. In fact, he was pretty much a non-stop and annoying pest.

It seems that Peter Capaldi wanted to be the secretary of the newly resurrected Doctor Who Official Fanclub. The short version is that the club had its organization set before Capaldi came on the scene, but that didn’t stop him from a letter writing campaign where he was a bit indignant that he wasn’t considered for the post.

After a series of correspondence, according to SFX, one of the people involved quipped “I wish the Daleks or someone would exterminate him or something to that effect.”

Thankfully Peter Capaldi has a good sense of humor about the passion of his younger self, and he is now in the good graces of the BBC and former management of the Official Doctor Who Fanclub.

Definitely check out the entire scenario on SFX, it’s worth the read. They also have some great links to a Doctor Who fanzine article written by a young Peter Capaldi, and Peter Capaldi rocking a bow tie in a 1981 photo of his post-punk band.

  • http://tyrionical.tumblr.com/ Kyle

    When he was first announced, like the first second, I was like “What?!”

    And now I’m all “omfg. i love this man.” I can’t wait to see what his Doctor is going to be like!

    • http://twitter.com/AlixEcho AlixEcho

      I actually said, “wait, what?” at the TV when he appeared. One of the reasons I was a bit unsure when his name was first suggested was that I was having trouble picturing him with Clara (though she will leave eventually, we still have a full series with her, so it’s a concern, especially when she was chosen in part because of her chemistry with Matt Smith).

      He has completely won me over, though. He’s a great actor, and now the more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that the Doctor/Companion dynamic is going to get a breath of fresh air. After several years of young-ish Doctors, it will be nice to see something different, and the series was really, really needing it. I’ll miss Eleven like crazy (and probably cry a little when he leaves), but I’m now looking forward to this so much that series 8 can’t come soon enough!

      • Charlie

        Jenna Louise Coleman was involved in his audition, so that should be a good sign that they’ll work well together.

  • http://blackrapture.tumblr.com/ thegoodshipdestiel

    This guy really is winning me over in a big way.

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    I can’t believe I was opposed to him for the first 5 minutes after he was announced. Now I really like him and I think he’s going to be an amazing Doctor. Its a shame we have to wait so long to see him in action. Then again, I really don’t want to rush Matt out just yet either.

  • Nell Hepburn

    It’s like Tennant all over again, in terms of being such a big fan! I’m so pumped for this choice. I can’t wait, I will miss Matt but bring this Doctor on!!!

  • SonickedYou

    Like the Evanna Lynch-to-Luna story. Geeks really will inherit the earth ;) (P.S. As a Little Monster, I take that as a compliment!)

  • Jesse

    I hope The Doctor goes dark!!!

  • Charlie

    I think it’s really sweet that such a big fan finally gets to play the lead in a show he loves.

    On a similar note, I’ve been reading “Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale” recently and it’s funny to see the little references to Capaldi from his first 2 Doctor Who roles.

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