Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi shares advice for Ncuti Gatwa ahead of 14th series

Capaldi says Gatwa, 31, is 'a great laugh' and 'quite cool' after meeting him at last year's Scottish Baftas.

Peter Capaldi has shared his words of wisdom for Ncuti Gatwa, the newest incarnation of Doctor Who, with the 14th series set to hit TV screens this Christmas.

Capaldi, who played the 12th incarnation of the famous doctor, recalled meeting Gatwa at the Scottish Baftas in November 2022, describing him as “lovely, with a great heart” and “very cool”.

Rwandan-Scottish actor Gatwa, 31, will be the 15th Time Lord and the fourth to come from Scotland.

When asked what advice he’d give to Gatwa, Capaldi told What’s On Scotland: “Hold on tight – and also, it goes very quickly.”

He added: “The thing about Dr Who is there have only been about 14 people who have played that part.

Peter Capaldi spoke with What's On Scotland

“There are only a few of us in the modern show who know what it’s like to be in the middle of that storm.

“It’s a big brand. It’s not just playing a part and doing scenes. You have a lot of responsibilities.

“David Tennant and Matt Smith were always great with me, telling me what to expect and how to deal with, you know, there weren’t too many surprises coming down the road.

“He (Ncuti) is very open to all that, he’ll be fabulous. He’s a good laugh and quite cool, so that will be exciting.”

Capaldi, 65, also ruled out a comeback to the series – unlike his predecessor Tennant, who will return as the Time Lord on Saturday to mark the 60th anniversary of the show alongside his former companion Donna Noble, played by Catherine Tate.

Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson.BBC Media Centre

A special episode entitled The Star Beast will air on November 25 on BBC One. That will be followed by Wild Blue Yonder on December 2 and The Giggle on December 9 ahead of the new series.

Capaldi said: “I like the idea of ‘I’ve gone’. All the doctors I knew were there, and then they were gone, which is part of the whole thing.

“They didn’t exist on the telly. They weren’t actors; they were doctors who were off in time and space, like me.”

The new series of Dr Who will air on BBC over the festive period, with Millie Gibson playing the doctor’s companion Ruby Sunday.

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