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Doctor Who Scottish accent is explained by BBC

1 of 2 Capaldi - Staying natural
Capaldi - Staying natural
2 of 2 David Tennant was turned down when he sought to be a Scottish Doctor Who
David Tennant was turned down when he sought to be a Scottish Doctor Who

The BBC has maintained that the decision to allow new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi to use his own Scottish accent was a creative one.

Two Doctors ago, fellow Scotsman David Tennant was compelled to 'go English' when he took on the Timelord role.

Tennant was snubbed by BBC bosses when he asked to keep his accent, but Capaldi is allowed to use his Glaswegian burr.

A BBC spokesman said: “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.”

A show insider told The Mirror: “It was well known that David wanted to use his accent. But he was told it just wouldn’t be possible and he had to adopt an English one.

“Now Peter has been able to use his accent some fans think it’s a bit of a kick in the teeth.

“But Peter is best at acting in a Scottish accent and he was delighted when he found out he could play the part with his own voice. It gives his character a stronger identity as well.”

When Tennant joined the hit show as the 10th Doctor in 2005, he said: “I’d love to be the first Time Lord to wear a kilt.”

But writer Russell T Davies said he did not want the Doctor’s voice “touring the regions”. Producer Steven Moffat weaved Capaldi’s accent into the plot by using Scot Amy Pond as the last person 11th Doctor Matt Smith saw before regenerating.

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