Peter Capaldi’s advice to Ncuti Gatwa on being the Doctor Who lead

Peter Capaldi was at BAFTA Scotland this week picking up his Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television Award. And very well deserved it is too.

The Scottish actor, who has had a rich and varied career which has seen him win an Oscar, play Malcolm Tucker in the Thick of It, appear in the cult movie Local Hero as well as star as the Twelfth Doctor in Doctor Who, received his award in front of a packed house at a gala event in Glasgow.

And while he was there, Capaldi was joined by a fellow Scot, Ncuti Gatwa, who just so happens to have something in common…

They’re both lead actors in Doctor Who.

But what advice does Capaldi have for the incoming Doctor, who will begin his first full episode in the TARDIS around the festive season of 2023?

“Ncuti knows this already, because I can see it in his heart and see him, but he’s about to discover how beautiful and wonderful and cosmic the human race can really be” Capaldi told BBC News.

He added: “And also he’ll be able to spot an anorak in his peripheral vision, 50 yards, and he’ll have to find out what to do.”

Before Gatwa becomes the Fifteenth Doctor, there will be three 60th anniversary specials of the show in November 2023 which will be overseen by Russell T Davies and star David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor. He will be joined by Catherine Tate who’s reprising her role of Donna Noble and will feature Neil Patrick Harris as an enemy of the Doctor.

Although it is thought some Doctor Who stars may return for the episodes, Peter Capaldi recently ruled himself out of a return to the show for a multi-Doctor episode.

The episodes in 2023 will be the first to be aired as part of a new multi-year deal between the BBC and Disney that will see the BBC remain the home of Doctor Who in the UK and Ireland but will see Disney+ be the place where the show premieres in the rest of the world. It is thought that the deal could see a cash injection for the show, with some reports speculating that per-episode budgets may as much as triple as part of the deal.