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Russell T Davies: Capaldi Casting “Just Perfect”

He chose two great Doctors, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant – but what does former showrunner and Doctor Who resurrection master Russell T Davies think of Peter Capaldi’s casting as the new star of his favourite show?

Peter Capaldi IS the Twelfth Doctor Who!

Perfect casting, just perfect!

You just knew there would be an exclamation mark, right? But really, what does Russell (chatting to Doctor Who Magazine) actually think of it?

I’d kept Peter’s number after we worked together on The Fires of Pompeii and Torchwood. I loved him as an actor, and a writer, and a director, I was actually in awe of him, and so clung to his number, in a slightly stalkerish way. Quite apart from his five million wonderful appearances on screen, I think that the scene in Episode 3 of Torchwood: Children of Earth, where Peter’s character faces the 456 for the first time, is one of the finest performances in anything ever. Seriously. Anything. Ever.


But did Davies have any insider knowledge?

I was as surprised as anyone! I’d heard rumours about Peter in the weeks beforehand, but I’d convinced myself it couldn’t be true, because he’s in The Musketeers. In fact, I was quite sad, cos I thought about him a lot, and realised how good he’d be, and now we’d never get to see him. Damn. So the moment Zoe Ball said his name was actually quite mind-blowing. I still find it difficult, even now to find adjectives big and bold enough to describe how brilliant this is…a new golden age begins!

That’s four golden ages in a row now!

Read everything you could possibly want to know about the casting of Peter Capaldi as the twelfth star of Doctor Who in DWM #464, out now!

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