Peter Capaldi tells his version of getting knocked out by Brian Blessed

The Doctor Who actor was accidentally punched by his co-star during filming on BBC series The History of Tom Jones

Back in October Brian Blessed opened his treasure trove of anecdotes and shared a time-bendingly good gem, telling RadioTimes.com how he’d punched and knocked out Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi whilst on the set of The History of Tom Jones, a 1997 BBC series. And being Brian Blessed, he did so in typically dramatic style…

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“He went flat on his back, his legs went up in the air, his arms went up, and I thought, ‘He’s in the death rattle!’ I shouted, ‘He’s down! I think he’s dying!’”

Suffice to say, Capaldi didn’t snuff it – but getting caught by a Blessed left hook did see him taken to hospital in an ambulance, an experience recalled by the current Doctor during a fundraising event held by the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard yesterday afternoon. 

“I got punched in the head by Brian Blessed,” he told host Mark Gatiss. “I have a scar under my eye and stitches.

“I woke up on the floor and couldn’t believe that I’d been punched. And these two ambulance guys were standing above [and I thought], ‘they weren’t in the scene’?

“I came round but what they didn’t know was I wasn’t wearing a wig – I had very, very lovely hair – and I heard the ambulance guys going ‘get his wig off!’ ‘It’s my own hair,’ I said.”

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So, not only did Capaldi receive a nasty blow – he also nearly lost his luscious locks in the process. And that really would have been a crying shame…