“Doctor Who” returns later this year but the latest Time Lord, Peter Capaldi, will be excellent, said Jason Flemyng, his co-star in “The Musketeers.”
“He will smash it. He’s going to be amazing. He’s so talented,” he told the Irish Independent.
Capaldi, he added, will be an “amazing” replacement for Matt Smith, who left the series.
“The Doctor is a great role. They’ve never had a bad Doctor,” Flemyng said. “In the modern Doctor Who, they’ve never cast an OK actor. Every single time, the actor’s been sublime and talented, and that, plus the fact it’s a good role, has turned Doctor Who into a great character.”
He added: “You can’t just play the Doctor. It doesn’t work unless you have a great actor and Capaldi is the best. He’s one of the best.”
“One minute I was working with Peter playing the Cardinal and the next, I was working with Doctor Who. That was quite surprising when he got the Doctor Who gig while we were in the middle of it. When I did The Quartermass Experiment, David Tennant came in one morning and was Doctor Who as well so it seems to be something strange, like I’m a lucky (charm). Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.”
Capaldi’s co-star, Jenna Coleman–who plays Clara–also lauded him.
“[Peter is] great – of course, we all know he’s going to be wonderful,” she said.
“It’s been great to get up on our feet and get started – we just seem to have taken off like a rocket.”
“Doctor Who” returns to BBC One in late 2014.