Peter Capaldi: “Gentle, strong, powerful”

Peoples of the Whoniverse, do not fear: Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will be nothing like the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker from The Thick of It, owing to the fact that, actually, Capadldi is quite a nice chap!

According to the Thick of It‘s creator, Armando Iannucci , the 55 year-old actor will display a range of likeable qualities when he takes up the Time Lord mantle in December.

Speaking to the Metro, Iannucci said:

The thing about Peter as Malcolm is he is very angry, but he is actually a very gentle, funny guy. I imagine you will see that range of him going from being gentle to quite a strong and powerful personality and I am really looking forward to it.

This is indeed welcome news, as the thought of a red-faced Capaldi exchanging expletives with a pack of enraged Plasmatons isn’t a good one. Iannucci definitely thinks he’s the right man for the job, though. In fact, he’s surprised he wasn’t offered the job sooner.

I was slightly nervous when I thought he might get it and we were still making The Thick of It. There was a time when David Tennant stood down and I knew Peter would be really good, so when it did finally happen I was pleasantly surprised but it wasn’t a huge surprise because he would be tremendous.

It’s hard to disagree – Peter Capaldi will, indeed, be tremendous in the role, although we doubt he’ll be meeting any Plastmatons.

But you never know…



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