DO C T O R I N the HO U S E
Peter Capaldi talks monsters, Maisie and how his character is changing How has your Doctor evolved this series?
I think he’s moving. What I find interesting is that the Doctor is still sort of looking for himself. So he’s changed to some degree. He still has the same concerns and worries and darkness, if you like, but he’s embracing the present. But that’s really because he has a profound knowledge of the past and the future. He knows things can often end in great distress but rather than focusing on that he’s decided to have a good time. It doesn’t mean that he’s not aware that darkness will fall… or whatever phrase I can think of that you can print that sounds good! How was it sharing a couple of episodes with Maisie Williams?
I’m a huge Game Of Thrones f an, so I w as very excited for Maisie. She amuses me, incredibly. She’s very gifted. You’ll see what she does in the show. She has to be quite different in different episodes, and she does it quite beautifully and subtly. At the same time you can get Game Of Thrones g ossip o ff h er… without any spoilers! She starts telling me, and then she starts revealing things, and I don’t want to know what’s happened so I get her to be quiet. You get to fight the Zygons this year…
They’re fantastic monsters, aren’t they? I worked with the man who [ originally] designed them, Jim Acheson, who became a very, very celebrated costume designer. I was in the film of Dangerous Liaisons, which he did all these fabulous 18th century costumes for. And all I wanted to talk to him about was Zygons. He was slightly embarrassed, I think… Is there a monster from love to face?
There are so many of them. Often if I ’m asked that question I pick the most obscure one, like the Chumblies! I would like the Daemons, because they’re a little bit black magicky, they’re a little bit supernatural. I like monsters that are not just sci- fi but who have got a horror movie kind of element to them. And the Axons would be good. Steven always says they’ve got a face like a Bafta. He’s got plenty of Baftas… perhaps he’s sick of them! How much of a sway do you actually have with Steven over stuff like this?