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PETER Ca­paldi was not pre­pared for the level of fame that came with as­sum­ing one of the most pop­u­lar sci­ence-fic­tion roles in TV his­tory.

Talk­ing with TV Guide in Lon­don, ahead of his fi­nal sea­son as Doc­tor Who’s Time Lord, Ca­paldi spoke of how the role had changed his life and the sad­ness he felt while film­ing his death scene.

On a re­cent trip to Aus­tralia, he was stunned the show had de­vel­oped a cult-like ap­peal, which led to small crowds form­ing wher­ever he went.

“We had no idea that the show was his­toric in those coun­tries … I’m think­ing, ‘Wow I’m in Syd­ney’, and then I re­alise peo­ple are look­ing at me,” he says. “I’m think­ing, ‘But there is an Opera House over there – surely they are look­ing over there’.”

Ca­paldi de­scribes film­ing his death as “a strange day”. “It was ex­plo­sive,” he says. “He goes out a fighter.

“It feels sad be­cause you are go­ing to say goodbye to every­one you worked with for years.”

There is no word yet on who will re­place Ca­paldi in the iconic lead role. DOC­TOR WHO SUN­DAY, 7.40PM, ABC By Jack Houghton

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