While it’s no secret that Peter Capaldi is a big fan of Doctor Who, each new detail of his geeky, childhood love for the show is a fresh delight.
Speaking to Alison Graham in this week’s issue of Radio Times, the new Doctor reveals that stepping into the Tardis – as in the actual police box, not the console room – for the first time reminded him of his first ever time machine: his wardrobe.
“I’d never been in the police box before, apart from the wardrobe at home when I was a kid pretending it was a police box. I was shocked to find that it was just like a wardrobe, like something your dad had made. And there was a prop bloke and a smoke machine. When I had to step out of it, it was quite nerve-wrecking, but delightful as well.”
The former The Thick of It actor also reveals that he was an avid follower of the first four Doctors – William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker – but was then distracted by other pursuits as a teenager.
“I loved it from the start and stayed with it until I was 17, then, probably about halfway through Tom Baker’s reign, I checked out.”
“Yes, that’s embarrassing,” he says. “Do you really want to see your 15-year-old self…?”
Elsewhere in the interview, Capaldi talks of the night he was revealed to the nation live on BBC1 – “there was a lot of cloak-and-dagger stuff” – how he doesn’t think his performance as the Doctor has “quite fallen into place yet” and what troubles he shares with former Doctors Matt Smith and David Tennant.