Fierce new Doctor still finds time for fans

Dr Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman
Dr Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman
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DOCTOR WHO fans can expect a “fiercer” version of the timelord according to Peter Capaldi – the latest man to take the controls of the Tardis.

The actor, who met fans yesterday at the first screening of new episode Deep Breath, in Cardiff, said playing the part was “a gas”.

Thousands of fans from across the globe descended on the Welsh capital to give Capaldi and his co-star Jenna Louise Coleman a rousing welcome ahead of his debut performance.

Capaldi, who wore a navy-blue suit to the screening, said: “It’s very exciting being Doctor Who, you wake up in the morning and you don’t know which monsters you’re going to face or which new planet or alien landscape you’re going to see”.

Asked about his version of the science-fiction hero, he said: “He’s a fun Doctor, he’s a bit fiercer perhaps than some of the other ones. He’s a little more difficult to get on with I think but he’s good fun, he likes a laugh and he’s also quite tough.”

His co-star, who wore an elegant red dress for yesterday’s screening, claimed the new series had “a different pace, a different feel, the Doctor is darker, more enigmatic”.

Tickets to catch a glimpse of Capaldi in the Doctor’s role were snapped up within minutes – with some fans travelling from as far afield as France, Japan and the USA. The show’s writer Steven Moffat claimed he was impressed by the turnout in Cardiff – which brought the usually busy shopping centre The Hayes to a complete standstill.

He added: “I’ve been to some big premieres in LA, and the turnout and response here has been even better than those.”

The new series begins on BBC1 on August 23.