Peter Capaldi has said whoever replaces him in Doctor Who, whether a man or lady, will be “wonderful”.
Talking at a review of the primary episode of his last series on the BBC show, he conceded he’d be “very sad” to bid farewell to the show. The story, titled The Pilot, presents the Doctor’s new sidekick Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie. It showcases the Doctor, Bill, and Nardole, played by Matt Lucas, combating a shape-shifting alien over time and space.
Capaldi began playing Time Lord in 2013. Furthermore, he declared in January that he would leave the show in the special episode of Christmas 2017.
Addressing a gathering of people at the screening in London, Capaldi stated: “It’s an incredible thing to wake up in the morning and go ‘Oh, I’m still Doctor Who!’ and go and blow up some monsters – and that’s how you spend your day.When you walk around, people don’t see Peter anymore – it’s Doctor Who they see – and he gets many more smiles than I do. It’ll be sad to say goodbye to him.”
On being asked about who may assume control over his role, the Scottish actor picked his words carefully. He said; “I’m sure whoever that person is will be wonderful.”
Theory has been mounting over who will assume control over the role, with Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge among the bookies’ top picks.
Steven Moffat, the Doctor Who show-runner said after the screening that he was astounded at the “fuss” over Bill’s sexuality. A week ago it was uncovered that Mackie’s character would be the Time Lord’s first straightforwardly gay sidekick. He went on to say; “We are not expecting any kind of round of applause or pat on the back for that. That is the minimum of representation you should have on television. The correct response would be: ‘What took you so long? It is important we don’t make a big fuss of this in a children’s show that communicates directly with children. You don’t want young kids who regard themselves as boring and normal and happen to fancy their own gender; we don’t want them to feel as if they are some kind of special case.”
Talking to journalists in the audience, he added jestingly: “It is not your job to frighten children – it is my job!”
The new series starts on Saturday 15 April, 2017 on BBC One.