Morbid as it may seem, Doctor Who fans have just had a glimpse of what Peter Capaldi’s skull might look like…
Viewers watching this week’s episode, Heaven Sent, discovered that each of the hundreds of skulls seen lying on the seabed at the foot of the castle represented a time the Doctor had tried and failed to complete the tasks set for him by the mysterious force that had transported him there.
What they may not have realised is that Capaldi himself modelled for the skulls, which were created by working backwards from a cast of his head, a bit like the way forensics experts rebuild a face in clay, but in reverse.
“We had Peter in for a lifecast for episodes three and four [Under the Lake and Before the Flood] as we’d made prosthetics for the Ghost Doctor,” Kate Walshe, SFX producer at Millennium FX, told RadioTimes.com. “As we already had his lifecast, [producer] Pete Bennett and I discussed the possibility of making a skull based on Peter’s own face.
“We cast a version of Peter’s face out in clay and, following the contours of his distinctive bone structure, pared the form back to reveal what we imagine may be Peter’s own skull.”
Judging by fans’ shocked reactions during Heaven Sent, they succeeded in keeping the mystery of the Capaldi skulls a secret…
Doctor Who series nine concludes on Saturday 5th December at 8pm on BBC1