Peter Capaldi has offered his resounding approval of the recent Doctor Who 60th anniversary specials.


The recent trilogy of specials saw David Tennant and Catherine Tate reunited as the Fourteenth Doctor and Donna Noble, with a finale that seemingly left the door open for further appearances down the line.

Capaldi gave an acclaimed performance as the Twelfth Doctor, who remains the favourite of many fans, and in an interview with Forbes, he weighed in on the latest reinvention.

"I enjoyed it. I thought it was great and a lot of fun," he said of the 60th anniversary. "It was wonderful, exuberant, and full of life, drama, and monsters. David was wonderful, and Catherine Tate, of course.

"It's Doctor Who, you know, it's a gas and a good thing in the world. It's a nice, fun, exciting thing, and I look forward to the rest of the specials and Ncuti Gatwa coming along. I've met him, and he's very inspiring and charming."

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Since parting ways with the TARDIS, Capaldi has taken roles in DC blockbuster The Suicide Squad, Prime Video's The Devil's Hour and, most recently, Apple TV+ drama Criminal Record.

Capaldi has repeatedly stated that he doesn't intend to return to Doctor Who (saying to in 2022 that "I've done my time") – and it appears he's sticking to that stance, offering a firm "no" in his latest interview.

Capaldi added: "I'm a long-standing Doctor Who fan from being a kid. Hegarty [his Criminal Record character] is the same age as me, so maybe he watched Doctor Who, too. He’s of that era.

"I like the idea that my Doctor is still out there. He's not available to come and be on TV. The real Doctor is not on TV, the real Doctor is out there."

The first two episodes of Criminal Record are now available to stream on Apple TV+, with Capaldi and Cush Jumbo leading the cast as detectives with very different outlooks on their work.

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