"The constituency of the audience needs to be reassured that it’s fine. Whether it’s fine or not, I’m not sure. The Doctor is as he has always been, and he is also totally different. That’s the great thing about Doctor Who; it carries its past with it all the time, so he brings the past with him, even if he’s different."
"I think if people think he’s different, they’re really meaning in contrast to Matt and David, who were both very amiable. He’s probably not as user friendly as they are. But he’s still unmistakably Doctor Who."
He adds: "I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for every single Doctor that there’s been, so I just sort of stand on their shoulders. It’s due to each and every one of their individual talent and charisma and gifts that the show’s still here. So I don’t have a specific Doctor that I look to, but I look to them all, and I do look to them all."
On Clara and the Doctor’s relationship Capaldi says: "It’s not romantic, but it’s not without love."
Coleman adds: "The new Doctor is unapologetic and a lot less patient. He’ll get the same job done, but he won’t beat around the bush at all; he’s straight to the point, he’s direct, he hasn’t got the patience of a human. He’s a lot fiercer, bolder, darker, but he’s got this curiosity, this mad curiosity… He’ll keep pushing the line further and further into danger to try and satisfy his curiosity, to try and find things out."
On Clara’s day-to-day life Coleman says: "In the same way we had Victorian Clara leading a double life, this Clara has a life of home, school, her domestic life, her domestic bliss, her flat in Shoreditch, and then the Doctor will bring the Tardis and land in the bedroom or land in the stationary cupboard at school, and then she’ll go off on her adventures. But she’s very strict about him returning her at exactly the right time so she doesn’t miss anything on Earth. So in a way she is kind of having her cake and eating it, but what she really doesn’t want is the double life to collide in any way. It has to be completely separate, and that is the control freak Clara coming through."
Does this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly defy the laws of physics by being bigger on the inside than it would appear from looking at its exterior? Fans of the British science fiction show Doctor Who may well think so. For this week’s cover story, senior writer Clark Collis travels to the UK to meet with Peter Capaldi, the new star of the now 51-year-old time travel saga, and to find out what fans can expect from the forthcoming season of Doctor Who, which premieres on BBC America on August 23rd. "He’s more alien than we’ve seen him for a while," says the actor, speaking about his version of the eccentric Time Lord. "He is less patient with the foibles of human beings."
Thankfully, the whole Who team were patient with EW‘s probing about the new, hush-hush season. In addition to Capaldi, Collis also spoke with the actor’s costar Jenna Coleman and showrunner Steven Moffat who tackled such burning as questions as "Will Capaldi’s previous appearances in the Who universe be referenced this season?" and "What will happen in the two-part finale?" Collis even got to drive the Doctor’s bigger-on-the-inside time- and space-ship the Tardis and did so without busting anything which, according to production designer Michael Pickwoad, makes him a more careful temporal navigator than previous Who star Matt Smith ("He was very good at breaking things"). We also persuade Capaldi to talk about the old monsters he’d like his Doctor to face and offer a sartorial breakdown of the Time Lord’s many looks through the show’s half-century history. Never seen Doctor Who (and feel a bid daunted by that history)? Then feel free to peruse our guide to how you can get into Who.
Doctor Who will return on Saturday 23rd August to BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is to be confirmed.