New Doctor Peter Capaldi was a huge fan of Doctor Who decades before he landed the gig of the twin-hearted time traveler. He drew this fan art of the Fourth Doctor in 2010 for a charity event, and way back when he wrote fan letters and an essay about the series. His essay is delightful; it waxes poetic about the show’s opening titles and you can tell the teenage Capaldi is enthusiastic.
He also wrote to the production office for the series, and they responded with set designs and scripts. He revealed details in an interview with SFX:
When I was a kid, being a huge Dr Who fan, I wrote numerous letters to the Doctor Who office largely inquiring about how the show was made. I was thrilled to have delivered to me a large package from the BBC containing two full studio scripts for the Jon Pertwee serial ‘The Mutants’, which they were making at the time. The package also contained set designs and studio floor plans for these episodes and a delightful letter from Barry Letts giving me an idea what all this stuff was.
It was a fantastic exciting insight into both Doctor Who and television production generally. I had never seen a script in any form whatsoever before then and was immediately fascinated by the documents. And of course Barry’s kindness was a trigger to my ambition to work somehow (I didn’t know how) in TV. The scripts are still sitting on my bookshelf downstairs.
There’s more. Capaldi asked to run the Doctor Who fan club – repeatedly. Another teenager was already in the position, but Capaldi didn’t care. It got to the point where he made himself a nuisance. I think this level of dedication means good things for the future of the Doctor.
See his letters after the break.