DOC­TOR PRE­SCRIBES LONGEVITY

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - / AN­DREW FEN­TON with AAP

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

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