99% Peter Capaldi. 1% random stuff
"He’s got some real meat to his bones, you know what I mean? He’s been an actor for a long time. He’s very generous, and is a good laugh, and he’s down for having a good chat about life, the universe and everything. He’s not precious. He’s completely focused on what he needs to do but at the same time he’s a really interesting man, too. It was a real joy to work with him. And I’m a massive fan of The Thick of It. I love him."
Michael Smiley (Colonel Blue from Into the Dalek) on working with Peter.
"Incredible. I mean, the guy’s one of the best that we have over here. He’s one of the best, period. He’s such a nice, humble dude to work with, and very supportive. I remember a couple of weeks in, he asked me how I was doing. I was like, “I’m finally finding my feet. You know how it is — you kind of test the waters when you’re the newbie in the environment.” It was so nice of him to remind me like, “I’m the newbie too.” It’s like, “Oh yeah, you’re a newbie with a hell of a lot more pressure on his shoulders than me.” He’s second to none."
Sam Anderson on what it was like working with Peter Capaldi
"Imagine! It would be beautiful, but I don’t think the world is ready for that one yet."
Samuel Anderson on the suggestion that their might be a romantic relationship between Danny Pink and the Doctor.
"I think I would have found this difficult when I was Matt’s age. At that age, I was less assured as an actor than he is and not so in touch with my skills. I was watching him the other night in an old episode – he has such a magic and wisdom about him. And he’s been a big help to me. Both he and David Tennant have been tremendously helpful."
Peter doesn’t think he’d have been up to playing the Doctor when he was Matt’s age.
"It was entertaining but really difficult. I mean, it always is. When you write for any character that is completely new…. Steven had fed me guides, though. When I did the first draft, I think, we were kind of talking more about Tom Baker’s Doctor. So I basically wrote the first draft for Tom Baker! Then we started talking about a raging Billy Connolly, and that was much more of a guide! I think I’m right in saying they were the first scripts to be delivered, so Steven was still getting his head around the Doctor, I think."
Phil Ford on the guidance he was given for writing the Doctor in Into The Dalek