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Capaldi Talks The New Companion, The BBC And His Future As The Doctor

Peter Capaldi has been quite vocal recently, appearing in a number of interviews discussing the next series of Doctor Who, the new companion and his future on the show.

Talking in an interview on BBC Radio 2, Capaldi was full of praise for the show and talked about his excitement around working with some of his favourite villains in the show. The conversation then moved onto the recently departed Jenna Coleman and the new companion:

“It’s sad. Jenna was on the show before I arrived so she was my sort of welcome to the show. She introduced me to it and showed me where to go… I miss her very much.

“We’re going to have a new companion, because we’re just obviously about to start filming the new season. It’s going to be somebody very different, who will be announced shortly… the whole dynamic is going to be very different.”

The interviewers questioned him on the obvious questions of the new companion’s age and gender, but Capaldi, who is no doubt sworn to secrecy, said nothing. The only point he did refute was the idea of there being two companions. Talking about his Doctor and how he developed in the last series, he said:

“He’s a bit funnier. They like him to be warm and cheerful as I am, as clearly you can see. It’s a difficult one. Sometimes I look at the old episodes [series 8] which were much darker and harder and there’s something attractive about that to me. The toughest thing to do with a show that’s 52 years old is to have some mystery.”

Capaldi reckons the character will continue develop in the next series. Finally, when asked how long he will remain on the show, Capaldi simply stated:

“I love being Doctor Who, so I will be around as long as it’s right to be around.”

Check out the full interview – including Capaldi’s brilliant impression of Davros actor Julian Bleach – on the BBC website here.
Capaldi also appeared on an episode of Lorraine to promote the release of Series 9 on DVD. During the interview, he discussed his knee injury, reminisces on his unveiling as the Doctor, winning his Oscar and his time as a musician.
Whilst talking to Newsweek, Capaldi spoke about the state of the show and the BBC itself:

“The BBC is an incredible organisation, but … sometimes people there think, ‘That’s looking after itself.’ And it’s not being looked after. I think maybe their eye was taken off the ball, or the show was seen as a thing they could just push around. It’s not. It’s a special thing.

“It does frustrate me. If you’re going to have a family show, I think you have to build up a little ritual around it – and that ritual usually starts with having it on at the same time. Even I didn’t know what time it was on.

Finally, Capaldi also mentioned the current situation regarding the show’s ratings:

“I have to pay attention to ratings – I’d rather not – but it’s the way the business is. I think overnight ratings are a thing of the past. You can’t really measure the success of the show by its overnight ratings, which is what the papers do. But there’s still a place for families to sit down and watch the show – that’s still a great, fun, thing to do. That’s what the show’s success is based on. That has to be protected.”