Peter Capaldi wanted Doctor Who to invent the wah pedal and present it to Jimi Hendrix

Peter Capaldi and Jimi Hendrix
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Peter Capaldi, the Scottish actor best known for his stint as the title character in Doctor Who, has revealed that he dreamed up an episode of the time-travelling sci-fi show in which he invented the wah pedal and presented it to Jimi Hendrix.

Speaking ahead of the release of his first album, St Christopher, the actor told The Guardian he’d mooted it the concept, along with the idea of the Doctor playing electric guitar (which did happen) between the first and second seasons.

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Matt Parker
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Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.