DOCTOR PRESCRIBES LONGEVITY
The gang from Gogglebox will hate the news — they ragged on the show mercilessly — but Doctor Who looks set to be part of the TV landscape for years.
The British sci-fi show began 52 years ago and has survived many and varied incarnations, with showrunner Steven Moffat recently confirming it’ll last at least another five years.
And while fans are in shock that Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) will never return, Peter Capaldi has confirmed he’s back next season. The 57-year-old will be the guest of honour at the Dr Who Festival in Sydney on November 21 and 22, along with seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy, writer Mark Gatiss and former companion Billie Piper.
The guitar-playing Doctor says proving himself in his first season made returning easier.
“The second season is a little more relaxed because you realised it’s worked, otherwise you wouldn’t be there and also you can build on what went before,” he says.
Capaldi, then aged 15, famously wrote a Doctor Who fan letter to the Radio Times, but says there are plenty of people far more devoted to the show.
“It’s been pointed out to me that I’m a fan of the show and not a scholar of the show,” he says, admitting it’s “terrifying” when people start talking to him and expect him to know everything about the show.
DOCTOR WHO, ABC, SUNDAY, 7.42PM