Nighy Praises ‘Terrific Choice’ Capaldi

Doctor-who-might-have-been Bill Nighy has joined the acclaim for Doctor Who’s new star, praising him as a “terrific choice”. Interviewed by Digital Spy whilst promoting new time travel rom-com About Time, Nighy says casting Peter Capaldi is a “great idea”.

Vincent and the DoctorAlso interviewed is the film’s writer and director Richard ‘Vincent and the Doctor’ Curtis, who is amused that Steven Moffat has “cast himself” in the role:

“They’re both 50-year-old, slightly grumpy Scots!”

Curtis also says he’s excited by the coming 50th anniversary, and doesn’t rule out returning for another crack at an episode.

Bill Nighy has previously said he turned down an approach to play the Doctor, feeling it came with “too much baggage,” but declined to say when the offer was made.

If you haven’t yet seen the current issue of Doctor Who Magazine, it’s well worth reading for The Way Back feature on the series’ 2005 return, which includes Clayton Hickman recounting the time he got himself into all sorts of trouble on BBC Radio 4 by letting slip that Russell T Davies had mentioned Nighy’s name!

See more About Time coverage at Digital Spy.


Jonathan has followed the Doctor's adventures since the late Pertwee era, and he isn't about to stop now. A charity worker from Hull, he enjoys following Hull City's fortunes, listening to Bruce Springsteen and collecting all manner of Doctor Who ephemera. He blogs about Doctor Who merchandise at

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