Although Peter Capaldi was only the Doctor onscreen very briefly at the end of “The Time of the Doctor,” he established that not only does the 12th Doctor have a new face, he has a new way of speaking — in a Scottish accent!
The Doctor was previously played by two other Scottish actors — Sylvester McCoy portrayed the Seventh Doctor and David Tennant the 10th — but they were not allowed to use their native accents onscreen. McCoy managed to sneak in the occasional rolling Rrrrrr and some other small flourishes, but he wasn’t speaking like Jamie McCrimmon for his entire tenure. Mostly, McCoy was speaking standard English.
But now along comes respected actor and Scotsman Capaldi and his Scots accent, and show-runner Steven Moffat has decided to let Peter be Peter.
A BBC spokesperson told The Mirror newspaper:
“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.”