'You’re look­ing after the character and it looks after you, too'

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - TODAY’S PICK - WITH PETER CA­PALDI, DOC­TOR WHO With Dar­ren Devlyn

“TO HAVE the priv­i­lege of look­ing after this character for a while is the best thing about it for me. It’s that you’ve been given this very pre­cious thing, and it’s your re­spon­si­bil­ity to try and keep him aflame un­til the next per­son comes along. You’re look­ing after the character and it looks after you, too.

I loved Chris Ec­cle­ston, David Ten­nant and Matt Smith. All of them I think have been fab­u­lous.

I was al­ways hop­ing some­one would call me and say, ‘What do you think of com­ing and be­ing in an episode?’ but I never thought they would think of me as Doc­tor Who.

David did take me for a cof­fee be­fore it had been an­nounced, and he just pointed out to me that I would be­come more vis­i­ble and that my life would change in some way. It adds to the pres­sure be­cause you’re hugely aware of how well the role has been played by pre­vi­ous in­cum­bents, but at the same time you have a sort of re­la­tion­ship with it that doesn’t have to be acted.

It’s a knowl­edge and a close­ness to it that takes you a long way down the road. You almost in­stinc­tively know what it is. You can recog­nise what it is and what it should be, be­cause it’s in your DNA.

My first proper day was step­ping out of the TARDIS into a brand new world, which was ex­actly what was hap­pen­ing to me. Of course be­ing inside the TARDIS you’re just in a big box, re­ally. It’s not big­ger on the inside, it’s just a prop and you’re in there with Jenna (Cole­man) and a prop man who you’ve never met be­fore. It was all a bit cosy.

It is fright­en­ing be­cause you have to take on the chal­lenge of this role, but at the same time it’s ex­hil­a­rat­ing be­cause you are get­ting to step out of the TARDIS as Doc­tor Who, and that’s an iconic role and a great po­si­tion to be in.

My re­la­tion­ship with fans, ei­ther when I’ve met them or when they’ve writ­ten to me, that’s all been won­der­ful.

It’s a de­light­ful thing when peo­ple are pleased to meet Doc­tor Who, be­cause Doc­tor Who is far more in­ter­est­ing than I am. The wel­come look on peo­ple’s faces is be­cause they’re meet­ing Doc­tor Who, not me. I know what Doc­tor Who fans are like be­cause I am a Doc­tor Who fan my­self. They’re good peo­ple.” DOC­TOR WHO TONIGHT, 7.40PM, ABC

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