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Peter Capaldi Q&A

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What can you tell us about the Christmas special?

It's got a returning monster. It's got Matt Lucas. It's a sort of tribute to the Christopher Reeves Superman movies. It has the Doctor in an adventure with a superhero in New York. What more could you want for Christmas?

What was it like working with Matt Lucas again?

A great pleasure. He's an absolutely delightful man; I loved working with him and he's a great talent to have around. He's sort of a developing character, so it's different from the way it was in The Husbands Of River Song, and that's very interesting to watch and see happening.

He's not the young action hero playing opposite the Doctor, then?

He can be quite action-packed. I'm not quite at the William Hartnell stage [the first Doctor, who, like Capaldi, played the role while in his late 50s]. I can still run around and chase after a Zygon when called upon to. It's an action-packed show so we do have a lot of stuff to do. We both just have a more peculiar gait as we do it.

Who do you think the Doctor's favourite superhero would be?

He'd be a bit uptight about Doctor Strange. I think he'd be a little bit like: "Bitch stole my look." I think he would like Wonder Woman, because Linda Carter is so funny. And I think he'd like Adam West's Batman. He'd find Adam West great company.

If little kids watch Doctor Who on Christmas Day, will there be tears? Or might it be too scary?

There's always a few tears with Doctor Who. But I think they'll have more laughs. And lots of thrills. I think it has to be a little bit scary. The amazing thing about Doctor Who is the constituency of the audience: the age range that goes from tiny little kids to middle-aged men who should know better. You've got to entertain all of them. The Christmas special does that effectively but being scary is part of that.

What can we expect from the new series of Doctor Who?

It's got the Doctor in it. And the Tardis flying through time and space. It's got corridors, which we run down, with nasty surprises at the end of them. We've got all kinds of things: we've got Romans, we've got robots, we've got serpents.

What would your Doctor want Father Christmas to leave him in his stocking?

A fuzz pedal for his guitar. No. A wah-wah pedal. I think he's been trying to make one for some time, because the Doctor would always rather make his own, but I think the technology of the wah-wah pedal has been eluding him.

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