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Capaldi: “There’ll be no flirting by the Doctor this time out”

July 28th, 2014 by Marc Comments

We are big Doctor Who fans. No, really. But one of the things that we believe the series could do with less of is the Doctor/companion will they/won’t they? dynamic… and it looks like Peter Capaldi is taking the character back to basics… in more ways than we thought.

The actor, who is 56 compared to Matt Smith’s 28, told the Sunday Times Magazine via The Guardian: “There’ll be no flirting, that’s for sure.”

“It’s not what this Doctor’s concerned with. It’s quite a fun relationship, but no, I did call and say, ‘I want no Papa-Nicole moments’ (see the video below if this reference is lost on you). I think there was a bit of tension with that at first, but I was absolutely adamant.”

But he added more about the series’ new direction too: “It’s going to be a bit different from what we’ve seen over recent years. A bit more gravity.

“Some situations are more sombre and I think there are more rooted dramatic scenes. Over the past two or three years, which I’ve loved, there has often been a breathless vigour; we still have that attack, but we have another level of drama, another tone. And the scenes are longer.”

Doctor Who returns to BBC1 on 23 August

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….