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Frazer Hines and Patrick Troughton in The Two Doctors

Frazer Hines Pleased with Capaldi Casting

Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi has won the approval of a fellow Scot – Jamie McCrimmon! Or, at least, the actor who played him. Speaking to the Lethbridge Herald, Frazer Hines had nothing but good words to say about the Time Lord’s next incarnation:

I think Peter Capaldi will be marvellous. He’s got this wonderful Doctor face that people could believe as he walks into a room. But he’s also got a twinkle in his eye, a twinkle that he could be a little bit of fun as well.

Having played one of the Doctor’s longest-serving companions, (spanning almost the entirety of Patrick Troughton’s reign in over 100 episodes of the show), Hines may be well-placed to judge the suitability of upcoming Time Lords. After all, it’s a programme he continues to be associated with today, doing regular convention appearances and DVD commentaries. As he points out:

Once you’re in Doctor Who, you’re in a big family and you’ll never get out of that family.

Whilst it remains to be seen if his predictions for a “marvellous” number twelve come to pass, we’re almost certain he won’t be disappointed. After all, we’ve heard whispers that Capaldi will play the Doctor with his Scottish accent. How could Jamie McCrimmon disapprove?


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