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Published on December 19th, 2013 | by Alex Skerratt

Coleman Promises “A Different Show Next Year”

With the timelines converging on the planet Trenzalore, peoples of the Whoniverse have begun to look ahead to the Doctor’s regeneration into newcomer Peter Capaldi.

Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s companion Clara, believes the Twelfth Doctor will take the show in a brand new direction.

“He’s going to be so different to Matt… It will be a different show next year. We have a bit of a gap before we start filming the new series, so I have time to get my head around it all. Me and Peter will get together before Christmas to start rehearsing and the scripts will start coming in.”

Coleman also revealed she was somewhat surprised that Peter Capaldi’s name hadn’t been touted sooner, adding:

“It’s funny as I don’t think he was one of the names that was originally being speculated about. It wasn’t until the week before [the announcement] that his name came up.”

Soon, Peter Capaldi will have one of the most recognised faces on British television! See his official debut as the Twelfth Doctor on BBC 1, 7.30pm Christmas Day.

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7 Responses to Coleman Promises “A Different Show Next Year”

  1. Al says:

    Which is how it should be. When the Doctor changes, so should the show. That’s how it survived 50 years. You can’t just take an unused Matt Smith story and plonk it in front of Capaldi.

  2. Geoff says:

    Or you end up with Time and the Rani…

    • Heiko says:

      …or Genesis of the Daleks. Which was concieved as a Pertwee story. Or Caves of Andozani, which Bob Holmes wrotes for Tom Baker because he didn’t know Peter Davison.

      It can work pretty well, you see.

  3. DonnaM says:

    For me the most successful regenerations are the ones with big “differences” between Doctors: Hartnell’s slightly gruff grandfather to Troughton’s imp or Pertwee’s more authoritarian figure being followed by Tom. They’re each identifiable as the Doctor, but in a very distinctive way.

    Not sure that makes as much sense written down as it does in my head, but never mind! Basically, if Jenna’s right, I will be happy!

  4. Donna M says:

    Oh and on the point about Peter’s name not being mentioned until about a week before the announcement – I’d say that was classic Moffat misdirection followed by a very judicious leak… if I was being cynical, of course!

  5. drewboynton says:

    I hope it’s still about a guy who travels through time and space in a blue box!

  6. dr jon says:

    I always look forward to change in the show, a new dr a new persona, all the dr’s have been quite different over the last 50 years. From grumpy to funny to heroic and manic,i wonder what peter capaldi’s take on it will be.He may well be rash and selfish and on borrowed time,we will have to wait and see.But what ever he become’s im sure the tardis and the dr will be around for a long long time.

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