In 1993, Capaldi wrote and directed Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life, a short film which won an Academy Award and a BAFTA. Some lean years followed, leading Capaldi to seriously consider giving up acting, but he became known to audiences in the UK when he was cast as Malcolm Tucker in the BBC political comedy The Thick of It (2005-2012), partly because of his character's propensity for verbal profanity. He also played Tucker in the spin-off film In the Loop in 2009, and by this time had become a well-recognised face for a variety of film and television work.
In 2013, Capaldi was announced as the twelfth actor to take on the lead role in the television series Doctor Who. Capaldi is himself a dedicated fan of the programme, and as a teenager sought to run an official fan club for the series. He had already appeared in the series in 2008, playing a different character, and as another in a spin-off series, Torchwood.
- Mirror: 'Doctor Who Peter Capaldi had no work or money eight years ago - now he has his dream job'. 6th August 2013.
- BBC: 'Peter Capaldi: The next Time Lord'. 4th August 2013.
- Mirror: 'New Doctor Who Peter Capaldi was desperate to run show's official fan club as a teenager'. 8th August 2013.