Wednesday Trivia Question

What Doctor Who star is also a recipient of an Academy Award?

Sunday night is the ceremony for the 89th Academy Awards and UNC-TV viewers well know that it’s not uncommon to see actors from public broadcasting programs nominated for Oscars. Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Rylance, Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne and Sally Hawkins are just a few Oscar nominees who have been seen in shows aired on UNC-TV in recent memory. However, there’s an actor who won the Academy Award who has also played the titular Time Lord in the long-running sci fi series Doctor Who. Know which one?

It’s Peter Capaldi (Doctor #12) who won the Oscar for a 1994 live action short film he wrote and directed titled “Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life” – an honor he shared with the film’s producer, Ruth Kenley-Letts. The statuette was awarded at the 67th Academy Awards in 1995 (the one hosted by David Letterman) and the film tied with another short, “Trevor.” And I’ll grant you that even though UNC-TV has not shown any of Capaldi’s Doctor yet any Whovian worth his or her salt is well familiar with all of the actors who’ve played the Doctor – even the ones they’ve not seen. And Peter Capaldi did appear in “The Fires Of Pompeii” which we broadcast in 2015.

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