By Madeline O’Connor
TWELFTH Doctor Peter Capaldi, whose mother’s family was from Killeshandra, County Cavan (his father’s was from Picinisco, Italy) has warned that his Doctor will be less “user-friendly” than previous ones.
The Glasgow actor – who won an Oscar in 1995, for writing and directing short film Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life – said at the series launch that he was keen to inject something a little darker into the role, revealing the character’s inner demons.
At 56, the actor, who received acclaim for his spiky spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in Armando Ianucci’s The Thick of It, is one of the oldest actors to have taken on the part, which he revealed he had met ex-Doctors Smith and Tennant to discuss.
But at the launch, during which he described his character as After the London screening, Capaldi described his Doctor as “funny, joyful, passionate, emphatic and fearless”, quipped that, if anything, he was probably too young to play the TV time-traveller.
He said: “I don’t feel elderly at all, and I don’t think the Doctor’s elderly, apart from the fact he’s two-and-a-half thousand years old.
“There’s a magic about him which is not about being in your 20s and 30s,” continued the actor, whose immediate predecessors – David Tennant and Matt Smith – were 34 and 27 when they first appeared in the show.
“We don’t consider the Wizard of Oz or Father Christmas to be too old. They’re still magical characters, and the fact they’ve been around the block only adds to their magic.”
Deep Breath, the first episode of the new series aired at the BFI Southbank in London on Thursday, and features the first glimpse of the Doctor’s companion Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman. Viewers at home can see it on BBC One on 23 August, and was directed by British film-maker Ben Wheatley (A Field in England).