If you couldn’t love Peter Capaldi anymore; he just goes and says something magical about the lure of the Doctor.
In this charming interview from around the time of the Cardiff launch of the Doctor Who world tour, the Twelfth Doctor himself sought to downplay the significance of the actor inhabiting the TARDIS: “You can only try and give some of that back,” he said. “Ultimately, at the end of the day, I’m not Doctor Who, I’m just Peter, so there’s a limit to my magical qualities!”
How wonderful is that and is there no finer ambassador for the show than Capaldi – an acclaimed actor and a massive fan boy to boot: “Today as we are filming this, no episodes of mine have gone out,” he said. “I’ve only been on screen for five, ten seconds at the end of the Christmas special…It’s Doctor Who that is attractive,” he added. “It’s the character, and that’s a great privilege to carry that around with you, and to enjoy the kindness and the welcome that bestows on you.”
You only need to look on Tumblr to find fans who’ve posted their own personalised autographs from Capaldi to know how generous he is in his new role and it suits him; he’s nothing if not a charming, knowledgeable interviewee – even when dealing with countless questions about the potential liability of his age; which as we all know, is nothing if not ridiculous.
Capaldi’s debut as the Doctor Deep Breath will air tonight Saturday, August 23 at 7.50pm on BBC One. You should be in front of the TV already, frankly.