Peter Capaldi’s guidance from ex-Doctor Who stars

Peter Capaldi in Sydney on the Doctor Who World Tour. Picture: Getty

Peter Capaldi in Sydney on the Doctor Who World Tour. Picture: Getty

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NEW Doctor Who Peter Capaldi says he has received great advice from former Time Lords David Tennant and Matt Smith to help him adjust to the iconic role.

Glasgow-born Capaldi spoke of the support he’s received from fellow Scot, Tennant and also Smith as he prepares to take on becoming the Doctor.

Speaking in Sydney, which is the latest stop on the Doctor Who World Tour, Capaldi, 56, said: “I’ve been very, very lucky in that Matt Smith and David Tennant have been incredibly friendly and supportive to me - I can talk to them anytime.

“Because it’s quite a small club, you know, the actors who’ve played the Doctor and they recognise the realities of what being in this position is like.

“I think it’s overwhelming at times, but I think you’ve got to take it a day at a time.

“One is very aware of the fact that you’re stepping in to a role that has been around for a long time and means a lot to people. That’s a delightful position to be in, it’s also quite a responsible one.

“I’m very lucky because I get to be on the other end of a lot of smiles when people see me or meet me, because they’re projecting Doctor Who on to me. Doctor Who is much more interesting than I am - and much nicer than I am.”

Capaldi kicks off his tenure as the Doctor with a global simulcast and cinema screening when his debut episode, Deep Breath, is aired on August 23.

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