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Peter Capaldi on The Graham Norton Show: “I Love Being Doctor Who”

Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi was a guest on last night’s episode of The Graham Norton Show, the first in the chat show’s latest series.

The Doctor Who star was joined on the couch by fellow actors Denzel Washington and Gemma Arterton, whilst music was provided by singer-songwriter George Ezra.

During the show, Capaldi related an anecdote about an unusual encounter with a shopkeeper soon after last August’s reveal show naming him as Matt Smith’s successor:

“The day after I was announced as The Doctor, I went to buy a light bulb in an old hardware store – like the one in the [The Two Ronnies] Four Candles sketch – and a bloke came out from behind the counter with a sink plunger stuck to his head!”

The actor went on to tell host Graham Norton how difficult he found it to keep his new role a secret before the official announcement, particularly when confronted by a young Doctor Who fan whilst filming BBC drama The Musketeers in the Czech Republic:

Capaldi also joked about having to cut down on the swearing so heavily associated with his The Thick of It character Malcolm Tucker, describing himself now as ‘squeaky clean’, but nevertheless made it clear that he considers it a ‘privilege’ to play the Doctor:

“I love being Doctor Who. I wake up in the morning and I’m Doctor Who, and when I go out to the shops and buy a pint of milk I’m Doctor Who. Everywhere I go I am the Doctor and everyone smiles at me – they are pleased to see Doctor Who, who’s far more exciting than I am!” 

Other topics discussed during the show included Capaldi’s days both as a model and as a member of punk band The Dreamboys, his failed bid to run the official Doctor Who fan club as a teenager in the ’70s and a tale of a particularly gruesome thumb injury he suffered whilst filming The Musketeers.

To round it all off an exclusive preview clip was shown from episode seven of Series 8, Kill The Moon, in which the Doctor and company attempt to avoid detection by some unsettling spider-like creatures…

If you missed last night’s The Graham Norton Show there are still some chances to catch the full interview with Peter Capaldi over the next week – it will be available for the next six days on BBC iPlayer and also repeated on Monday 29th September at 11:15pm on BBC One.

Series 8 of Doctor Who continues tonight with The Caretaker at 8:30pm on BBC One.