Now that Peter Capaldi has debuted in the lead role of “Doctor Who,” one thing is clear: He’s keeping his Scottish accent, as expected. It’s a first for the Doctor, who has always sounded English during his 50 years on TV.
He’s not the first actor hailing from Scotland to play the Doctor, though. David Tennant, the 10th Doctor, had hoped to use his Scottish accent in his portrayal, but the BBC nixed the idea and he ended up going for English.
When it was first learned the 12th Doctor would have a Scottish accent, Tennant gave his fellow Time Lord a hard time, joking, “I think it’s just lazy.” The BBC isn’t saying why it works now, but tells the Daily Mirror, “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.” Maybe it’s all part of the insanely confusing Christmas special that saw the Doctor’s regeneration cycle starting over. Does that mean the Doctor will be Scottish from now on, even after Capaldi?
Perhaps, Capaldi just has a horrible English accent. Whatever the case, time will tell how a Scottish Doctor works when Series 8 debuts.
Are you fine with Capaldi bringing his own accent to the role or should the Doctor remain English?
Update: Initially this article incorrectly referred to previous Doctors as having a British accent. The Doctors of the past have used an English accent.