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Published on April 22nd, 2014 | by Alex Skerratt

Chris Addison: Capaldi Is The Missing Note From The Scale

Chris Addison, Peter Capaldi’s co-star from The Thick of It, has aired his views on the Time Lord’s latest incarnation – and he couldn’t be happier!

In a recent interview with the Radio Times, Addison revealed that Peter Capaldi is an “ideal” choice to take over the TARDIS controls…

I thought Matt Smith was terrific, I loved David Tennant, Chris Eccleston, they’ve all been great, since it came back. But what I really have missed… is the mercurial, unknowable, frightening side of the Doctor. We haven’t had the Doctor where you go, ‘I don’t know if I’m safe with this person’. Peter will give it that… He’ll be this time round’s Tom Baker, the one that everybody thinks of.

But will Number Twelve be the kind of Doctor to boldly proclaim a hat’s coolness, as the Universe crumbles around him? Addison thinks not…

I don’t think that will happen. I really love Matt Smith… But I never quite felt that any of the ones we’ve seen since 2005 could be imperious. That’s a note that’s missing from the scale. Peter will bring that back. I’m beyond excited. It’s all I can do not to drive down to Cardiff.

So if any Who fans are still unsure about Peter Capaldi’s casting, hopefully these words will provide more than a crumb of comfort! These are exciting times we’re living in, and the best may yet be to come…

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8 Responses to Chris Addison: Capaldi Is The Missing Note From The Scale

  1. DonnaM says:

    God I hope there’ll be none of that “such and such is cool!” nonsense, it made Eleven sound like a gawky kid desperate to impress the girls! The Doctor doesn’t need to try and be cool; he already is :-)

    Imperious is a good word – Pertwee had it, and Tom (of course) but it’s not a characteristic that springs to mind with the more recent crop. Mercurial, unknowable, imperious… yep, if Mr Addison’s right, that would be my kind of Doctor!

    • TimeChaser says:

      I always felt Eleven’s proclamations of “cool” were showing that whole idea of being so old in a young body. Its like any older adult having a second childhood or mid-life crisis and trying to act younger but only making themselves look silly in the process.

      I do agree though that hopefully Capaldi will bring back that imperious quality that was present in actors like Hartnell, Pertwee and Colin Baker.


      • exactly. Why people can’t take it a step further and realize this instead of impugning the character… I will never undrestand. sigh. Missing note, huh? EPIC.

    • simon magellan says:

      Don’t think you need worry – the “…is cool” catchphrase was an Eleven trait and unlikely they’d carry it over (they effectively killed it during the “Time of…” anyway when he proclaims “Cool isn’t Cool!” with the kids).

      As the new series seems big on catchphrases (“Fantastic!”, “I’m sorry”, “Geronimo!” and so on), I’ve little doubt we’ll get one from Capaldi’s – I’d vote for something direct, like “Bugger Off” but suspect it won’t be!

      • DonnaM says:

        I’d be delighted if they didn’t bother with a catchphrase at all! If they have to carry it on, something a touch sarcastic – a mocking “oh, well done” when someone’s been a bit slow on the uptake would do for me!

        • TonyS says:

          That reminds me. I watched The Visitation today. I love the scene towards the end when they are in the TARDIS. The Doctor says that they are looking for the Terlieptil base. Adric asks if he knows where it is. The Doctor replies “Yes. That’s why we’re looking for it” :)

          • simon magellan says:

            I bet a Capaldi Doctor wouldn’t have put up with Adric!

  2. Ranger says:

    Yeah, I too hope we get the imperious, unpredictable Doctor back – and I think Capaldi is the man to do it.

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