Published on March 31st, 2014 | by James Lomond
Pertwee Family Backs “Stupendous” Capaldi
I think he’s going to bring some real gravitas and weight, which only comes with age. Taking nothing away from Matt [Smith], who I thought was great, I just think he’s going to [be] stupendous.
And it turns out that Capaldi was known to Sean and indeed his father before. In the interview Sean talked about how John was “very fond” of Peter, that the Pertwee household were “delighted” at his casting and that he was,
…an extremely lovely gentleman. He was very kind to my family when my father passed away, he was big fan of my dad’s actually.
It’s no surprise that Capaldi – a fan since his childhood (and with some fan-boy articles under his belt, no less) held Jon Pertwee in high regard. And much comment has been made on the similarity between his and Pertwee’s costume (flashes of red lining anyone?) But it’s heartening to hear such warm things said of Capaldi in return. He consistently comes across as a complete gentleman and more than able to take on the mantle of childhood hero from our erstwhile Eleventh incarnation.
Speaking of which, what do you think about Sean Pertwee’s comment on gravitas? Many thought Smith wouldn’t be able to hold his own on screen being the freshest face in the role so far, but he surprised his detractors with some heavy-duty on-screen presence and powerful speeches.
Do you think there is something that only age can bring to a performance or is it all down to the actor’s skill? Is an older Time Lord better – what do you think?