Doctor Who Series 8 Spoilers: Peter Capaldi Insisted on No Flirting With Clara in Season 8

Doctor Who will not be flirting with Clara in the upcoming series 8, new doctor Peter Capaldi says.

He told the Sunday Times (subscription only) that he put his foot down with producers.

“There’ll be no flirting, that’s for sure. It’s not what this Doctor’s concerned with,” he said.

“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.”

Capaldi also said that despite being a lifelong fan, he needed to be convinced into accepting the role.

“I didn’t want to be Doctor Who in a Doctor Who I didn’t like. I had to be convinced the I show was going in a direction I was interested in.”

Additionally, he revealed that it took a long time to pick out the proper costume.

I think it’s quite a hard look. I always wanted him to be in black—I always just saw the Doctor in dark colours. Not tweed,” he said, referring to the ultimate choice.

“Matt’s a really young cool guy — he can wear anything, but I wanted to strip it back and be very stark.”

And Capaldi addressed criticism of recent stories perhaps being too unrealistic, saying: 

“We still blow a lot of [expletive] up. That’s very important, but 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.”

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