Peter Capaldi has been living out a childhood dream portraying the time- and space-traveling Doctor for the last two seasons of the British sci-fi drama “Doctor Who.” But things are going to be a bit different when the show returns in spring 2017 for its 10th season: It will be the last for Steven Moffat as showrunner, and possibly the end of Capaldi’s run as well.
During the cast’s recent visit to Mexico City as part of La Mole Comic-Con, the Scottish actor made time for a nostalgic chat about his run on the show and where the series is headed.
What did it feel like to receive the call announcing that you would be the new Doctor?
It was very exciting and very funny because it seemed like an absurd and unbelievable idea. When my agent called me and said, “What do you think about being the new Doctor?” I just laughed. Honestly, I just laughed because I thought it could never become a reality. You get dizzy because you're happy, but you also know that your life will change and you will not be able to control that, which is a little scary. But it's the best call you can ever receive.
How has your life changed since taking on the role?
Wherever I go in the U.K. people recognize me and come up to me, but that's nice. At first it was frightening, because you cannot do anything without having people watching you, but I think the Doctor is a particularly likable character and people like to meet him.