Peter Capaldi on Doctor Who Live – read the full transcript

Here's what the twelfth Doctor had to say after his live unveiling on BBC1, about auditioning, being the Doctor and the "extraordinary" show and its fans...

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On being revealed as the twelfth Doctor…

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“It’s so wonderful not to keep this secret any longer! But it has been absolutely fantastic in it’s own way; so many wonderful things have happened. For instance, for a while I couldn’t tell my daughter, who would be looking on the internet and discovering that people were saying so-and-so should be Doctor Who and so-and-so should be Doctor Who – and she was getting rather upset that they never mentioned me. And I said ‘Just rise above it darling, rise above it.’”

On preparing for the audition…

“Well it was quite hard because even though I’m a lifelong Doctor Who fan I haven’t really played Doctor Who since I was nine… So as an adult actor I’ve never worked on it, so what I did was I downloaded some old scripts from the internet and practised those in front of the mirror. But Steven had already written some scenes that referred to a Doctor of my ‘ilk’…”

On getting the good news…

“I was actually filming in Prague, doing the BBC’s adaptation of The Three Musketeers over there, playing Cardinal Richelieu, and I had my phone on silent so I missed the call. And I looked at it and it said ‘missed call ten minutes ago’ and it was my dear agent, so I rang her up and said ‘It’s me’ and she said ‘Hello Doctor,’ and I just started to laugh – and I haven’t stopped laughing since…” 

On being the Doctor…

“I’m surprised now to see Doctor Who looking back. You look in the mirror and suddenly, strangely, he’s looking back and he’s not me yet – but he’s reaching out, and hopefully we’ll get it together…”

On “extraordinary” Doctor Who and its fans…

“I think Doctor Who is an extraordinary show and the thing that strikes me about it is that it’s still here after all this time. And the reason that I think that it’s still here is because of the work of all the writers and the directors and the producers who’ve worked on the show, and the actors – and I don’t just mean the fabulous actors who’ve played the Doctor, but all those actors who’ve sweated inside rubber monster costumes and those who wear futuristic lurex catsuits. But the real reason – the big reason – that Doctor Who is still with us is because of every single viewer who ever turned on to watch this show – at any age, at any time in its history and in their history – and who took it into their heart because Doctor Who belongs to all of us. Everyone made Doctor Who.”

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