Neil Gaiman: “Whenever I’m in the UK, I sneak into meetings with [the production team]. They say, ‘Can you do another one?!’ and I say, ‘Yes! But not yet!'”
He continued: “Now I’m just sort of hoping that I can get one done while Peter Capaldi is still the Doctor, because it would be a very sad thing if I lost my chance to write for a grumpy, Scottish Doctor.”
When asked what he would like to write about in a potential third episode, Gaiman added: “I haven’t done an episode set on Earth yet, and I haven’t created a new monster.
“So there are boxes left to tick. And there’s part of me that feels… I haven’t scared anybody yet. I’d love to do something that sends adults behind the sofa too and makes them wee.” (Digital Spy)
Armando Iannucci, who made Peter Capaldi a star in The Thick of It, said the actor is “smart, funny and thoughtful” in Doctor Who – but “always hilarious” when he breaks into a run.
Iannucci said some of Capaldi’s most memorable moments in the BBC1 role had nothing to do with the script but “what he does with his pauses and his changes of tone”.
“He’ll just say, ‘Oh good’ or ‘You’d better go outside’ in this particular way and it sticks with you far more than the finest scripting,” Iannucci wrote in the latest issue of Radio Times.
“Is he a good Doctor?” asked Iannucci. “The Peter I know is the smart, funny, thoughtful guy – and I think he’s exactly what the Doctor should be.
“I’ll give you a tip though – watch him run. It’s always hilarious. Stop it, pause it and go back. It’ll be worth it every time.”
It’s in the nature of the Time Lord’s adventure through space and time that breaking into a trot and occasionally a full-on sprint is an inevitable part of the job.
Capaldi, who ran around a bit as Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It, has not as much practice as his immediate predecessors, not least the 10th Doctor, David Tennant, who put in enough hard yards to justify this entire 50-minute compilation.
There are two episodes to go in Capaldi’s first season as the Doctor, with last Saturday’s instalment written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce watched by an overnight audience of more than 5 million viewers.
Broadcast slightly later than the 51-year-old programme’s traditional slot to make way for Strictly Come Dancing, Doctor Who’s consolidated viewing, including people who watch it recorded or on-demand in the following seven days, typically tops 7 million.
Iannucci said Capaldi had the “air of the classic Doctor”.
“His Doctor is a completely different character – from any previous Doctor, but also from Malcolm,” said Iannucci.
“I’ve watched every episode with my three kids – they’re 20, 15 and 12. They’ve been amazed by the transformation. The eldest has seen Malcolm Tucker but the others just know Peter from when he’s been over to the house.”
Iannucci said he was “worried that the 12-year-old in particular wouldn’t take to the idea of an older guy but they’re drawn to him”. Capaldi, now 56 and the 12th actor to take the role, is the oldest since the show’s original lead, William Hartnell.
“He’s funny in a bamboozled way,” said Iannucci. “And that allows Clara more space so they’ve become a proper, classic double act. He’s also the first Doctor to give off that air of the tremendous responsibility – which you never quite saw before … Is he a good Doctor? He’s how the Doctor should be.”
Former Doctor Who star Tom Baker said Capaldi was a “wonderful choice. Instantly one felt: this fellow comes from far, far away, he’s strange. An instant frisson. And what’s the word? Yes, got it! Alien, he’s an alien. I salute him.” (UK Guardian)
I have grown to love out grumpy, pragmatic, but loveable 12th Doctor.
And, I agree, some of his grumpier moments are hilarious.
I hope he’s around for awhile.
The 2014 ratings so far:
- Deep Breath 6.8m (overnight) 9.17m (final) 10.76m (L+7) AI 82
- Into the Dalek 5.2m (overnight) 7.29m (final) 8.26m (L+7) AI 84
- Robot of Sherwood 5.2m (overnight) 7.28m (final) 8.25m (L+7) AI 82
- Listen 4.8m (overnight) 7.01m (final) 7.80m (L+7) AI 82
- Time Heist 4.93m (overnight) 6.99m (final) AI 84
- The Caretaker 4.89m (overnight) 6.82m (final) AI 83
- Kill the Moon 4.81m (overnight) 6.91m (final) AI 82
- Mummy on the Orient Express 5.08m (overnight) 7.11m (final) AI 85
- Flatline 4.6m (overnight) 6.71m (final) AI 85
- In the Forest of the Night 5.03m (overnight) TBCm (final) AI 83
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