Capaldi: ‘I want no Papa-Nicole moments.’

You may well be aware that Peter Capaldi appeared in yesterday’s Sunday Times Magazine, a supplemental that ships with the full Sunday Times newspaper (which takes most people over a week to read). Sadly, with the online version only accessible through a paywall, there hasn’t been too much talk about the full article.

Hardly a surprise – there’s a lot to read (as opposed to many interviews of this kind, which are padded with fluff) in particular Capaldi’s thoughts on who his Doctor is. Interviewer Matt Rudd declares in the closing paragraph that he’ll “…be surprised if he doesn’t become the most compelling Doctor to date.”

So what leads him to this conclusion? Well, the conversation seems to start well, and Capaldi is in a chatty mood. He’s also very definite about who his Doctor is.

“There’ll be no flirting. that’s for sure,” he says. “It’s not what this Doctor’s concerned with. It’s quite a fun relationship, but no, I did call and say, ‘I want no Papa-Nicole moments.’ I think there was a bit of tension with that at first, but I was absolutely adamant.”

There are a couple of discussions about the Doctor’s new look. The first explains why Capaldi chose the dark colours.

“Magician look?” he says, more defensively. “I think it’s quite a hard look. I always wanted him to be in black – I always just saw the Doctor in dark colours. Not tweed. Matt’s a really young cool guy – he can wear anything, but I wanted to strip it back and be very stark.”

Later on, with Capaldi wearing the Doctor’s clothes, Rudd takes the conversation back to clothing, quizzing him about the outfit.

“Do you feel like the Doctor now?” I ask. “I do,” he replies, twirling. “I do.” “Are the twirls a punk thing?”

“It’s graphic shapes,” he says, twirling some more. “That’s why being in black is so great. You can make these spidery shapes. It’s like German expressionism or Sixties caricatures. They’re very graphic lines.”

What should be most encouraging to fans of classic Doctor Who, however, is this.

“I didn’t want to be Doctor Who in a Doctor Who I didn’t like. I had to be convinced the show was going in a direction I was interested in. I had to think carefully about the level of visibility. My life was blessed, but as soon as this happened I had paparazzi outside my house. People spoke to me before and recognised me, but nothing like this. I had to decide if I was ready to live with that. because once that genie is out of the bottle, it doesn’t go back in.”

So what does it mean?

Well, Capaldi has an Oscar. He’s been acting almost 30 years, and knows what quality is. We have high hopes for the Twelfth Doctor, dear reader, and so should you…


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