As the Season 8 premiere of “Doctor Who”
inches closer, new star Peter Capaldi is opening up more and more about his portrayal of the Doctor.
Capaldi spoke to Marie Clare UK (via Radio Times
) about his version of the iconic character, and continues to confirm just how different it’s going to be.
“He’s definitely not boyfriend material, because that’s not appropriate,” Capaldi tells the magazine. “He’s less user-friendly [than David Tennant]; he’s not a walk in the park. The relationship with Clara is one of responsibility and debt and affection.
“[Eleventh Doctor] Matt [Smith] and David are much younger than me, much more handsome. And that’s what people have decided they want to take from it. I don’t think that will be happening for me. I don’t expect to be anyone’s heartthrob.”
In fact, he’s not sure exactly what the reaction to his Doctor will be. “I don’t know if people will like me or not; or if the show will be more successful or less successful,” he says. “But no matter what happens, someone somewhere will love me — I’ll be someone’s Doctor. Even if everyone else hates me.”
You’ll have the chance to decide for yourself what side of the line you fall on when “Doctor Who” Season 8 premieres Saturday, Aug. 23, on BBC America.