Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has revealed to fans that there will be “no flirting” between the time lord and sidekick Clara Oswald in the upcoming eighth series, saying “I want no Papa-Nicole moments.”
The 56-year-old Capaldi, who steps into the role of the time traveling Gallifreyan this year following Matt Smith’s departure from the role, told The Sunday Times that a relationship between the Doctor and his sidekick, played by 28-year-old Jenna Coleman, was out of the question:
“It’s quite a fun relationship, but no, I did call and say, ‘I want no Papa-Nicole moments.’ I think there was a bit of tension with that at first, but I was absolutely adamant.”
“It’s not what this Doctor’s concerned with,” Capaldi added, highlighting just one of the ways in which his Doctor will differ from previous incarnations. Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith all played versions of the Doctor who wrestled at times with attraction to their female sidekicks.
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Capaldi also admitted that in this series of Doctor Who “We still blow a lot of s*** up. That’s very important, but it’s going to be a bit different from what we’ve seen over the years.” The actor, who along with William Hartnell is one of the oldest to portray the Doctor, also revealed a bit more about the character of the most recent regeneration, according to The Mirror:
“One thing the show does well is balance the epic and the domestic. You can go from the edge of the universe to a pedestrian precinct. This Doctor loves watching stars being born in Andromeda: he’s also thrilled to see litter blowing across the supermarket car park at dawn.”
Fans are eagerly awaiting their chance to see what Capaldi’s 12th Doctor is like, as The Inquisitr has previously reported. Series 8 is set to premiere in just a few weeks time, promising challenges for the Doctor from enemies new and old. The Doctor’s allies in the Paternoster Gang will be returning for the new series, as will stalwart Doctor Who villains the Daleks and the Cybermen.
Fans will also get a unique chance to experience Doctor Who in a different way, as the first episode, “Deep Breath,” is set to premiere on 1500 movie screens worldwide. Last fall, Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary episode, “The Day of the Doctor,” was also released theatrically.
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The BBC premieres the new series of Doctor Who on August 23rd.
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