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Published on September 7th, 2013 | by Jonathan Appleton

Nighy Praises ‘Terrific Choice’ Capaldi

Doctor-who-might-have-been Bill Nighy has joined the acclaim for Doctor Who’s new star, praising him as a “terrific choice”. Interviewed by Digital Spy whilst promoting new time travel rom-com About Time, Nighy says casting Peter Capaldi is a “great idea”.

Vincent and the DoctorAlso interviewed is the film’s writer and director Richard ‘Vincent and the Doctor’ Curtis, who is amused that Steven Moffat has “cast himself” in the role:

“They’re both 50-year-old, slightly grumpy Scots!”

Curtis also says he’s excited by the coming 50th anniversary, and doesn’t rule out returning for another crack at an episode.

Bill Nighy has previously said he turned down an approach to play the Doctor, feeling it came with “too much baggage,” but declined to say when the offer was made.

If you haven’t yet seen the current issue of Doctor Who Magazine, it’s well worth reading for The Way Back feature on the series’ 2005 return, which includes Clayton Hickman recounting the time he got himself into all sorts of trouble on BBC Radio 4 by letting slip that Russell T Davies had mentioned Nighy’s name!

See more About Time coverage at Digital Spy.


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Jonathan remembers catching Tony Hughes's Doctor in BBC Schools Maths show when he was off school in 1975. This more than made up for having chickenpox. Something of an old hand by this time, he had learned from The Doctor Who Monster Book that there were other Doctors and adventures to discover - an exciting prospect for a five year old.

4 Responses to Nighy Praises ‘Terrific Choice’ Capaldi

  1. Mugen Pharoah says:

    Interesting that Nighy sees Moffat as ‘casting himself’ as it were – there were similar accusations levelled at John Nathan-Turner when the Sixth Doctor emerged with curly locks and a multicolour coat, an exaggeration of the producer’s own curly locks and Hawaiian shirt combo….

    Can we expect Capaldi to be raiding Moffat’s wardrobe?

  2. Geoff says:

    I’ve had those same thoughts and also made the JNT Colin connection. Also now as in then no actual casting was done, the actor was essentially handpicked. I have no doubt it will work this time and it would have worked then too if the show had the kind of support it gets now, even with Colin’s silly coat because he is a splendid actor and brought a real “force of nature” aspect to the Doctor like no other before or since.

  3. Geoff says:

    Back on topic Bill would have been an awesome Doctor although the 9 we actually got was pretty darn good as it goes.

  4. DonnaM says:

    If what we get is a Doctor who is cleverer than the people around him (Moffat’s very clever, obviously!) then I shan’t be complaining. I’ve been kind of hoping since the casting announcement was made that the Doctor he secretly wants to write is older (looking) cannier and less overly emotional than some recent incarnations.

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