Published on October 8th, 2013 | by Drew Boynton

Piper: “Capaldi is a Wise Choice.”

If anyone should know who would make a good Doctor, Billie Piper should. She was faithful companion Rose Tyler to both the Ninth and Tenth Doctors, and has acted alongside the Eleventh, Matt Smith, in episodes of both the Sally Lockhart Mysteries and Secret Diary of a Call Girl… not to mention a certain major upcoming event…

And although she somehow has never performed with upcoming Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, she told Flicks and the City that he will do just fine. Well, possibly even more than fine:

“I think it’s brilliant. I’ve always really loved him and admired him. I think he’s a brilliant actor, I think he’s both absolutely terrifying and credible with comedy.”

Piper, who recently turned 31, also likes that Capaldi is a bit more mature in age:

“I really like the fact that he’s a bit older and I think it will open a whole new set of fans. I think it makes absolute sense. It’s a really wise choice.”

Billie Piper can be seen once again as Rose Tyler in just about six weeks time in a little show called – what was it? – oh yeah, The Day of the Doctor. And who knows, maybe she’ll get a chance to properly meet the Twelfth someday?

So, Kasterborites, it seems as though Rose Tyler may secretly like her Doctors a little older–how do you prefer yours? More Smithish or more Hartnellian?

(Thanks to Digital Spy.)


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Drew has been a fan of Doctor Who ever since he flipped through the channels late one night and saw a girl blowing up an army of funny robot men with nothing but a slingshot and some old coins. He currently lives somewhere in the woods of Missouri with his beautiful wife Barbara.

3 Responses to Piper: “Capaldi is a Wise Choice.”

  1. avatar TimeChaser says:

    As long as the actor does a great job as the Doctor, I don’t really care about age, although I think Matt is now the cut-off point. 26 is about as young as I would dare go casting someone for the part.

  2. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    Yeah, once upon a time, I would have dismissed anyone under 30 as not having the necessary acting “tools” to work with, not have the gravitas, etc. But Smith showed me otherwise. All that being said, as long as the man does a great job as the Doctor, that’s all we need.

  3. avatar lara says:

    matt smith. watching him grow and age in the role has been very interesting. he started off as this fresh-face young man and has grown into a coarser-skinned role – if that makes sense. i know he said the role aged him “savagely” and it showed. but he couldn’t stay a kid forever. the emotional subtleties he brought to the role were so wonderful. for those of you that say looks aren’t everything, remember RTD said matt’s looks were crucial to his casting. so now it is time to move on, both for the doctor and for matt.

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