Nicole • December 21, 2013

With his debut only one week away, Current Doctor Who and companion, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, have been discussing their thoughts and hopes for Peter Capaldi as he takes his place in the shows history.

When Matt Smith announced his decision to leave the hugely popular BBC family sci-fi entertainment show earlier this year the entire planet felt the sharp grip of disappointment, but cast your minds back to when it was announced he had been given the role in the first place!

Matt Smith, only 26 years of age at the time, was not the people’s first choice as The Doctor, with many people saying he was too young and too inexperienced, but didn’t he just prove everyone wrong?

So, with the public response to his appointment in mind, we can’t help but feel more than a little excited as to what his successor, The Thick Of It star Peter Capaldi will bring to the table, especially as when it was announced that he was to be the 12th Doctor the entire world applauded, instantly accepting that he was by far the best man for the job.

But it isn’t just us who are excited to meet the new Doctor, his companion Jenna-Louise Coleman is excited too, as she has been quoted by Digital Spy as saying that the Scottish actor will “take the show in an interesting [new] direction”, adding:

“He’s going to be so different to Matt [Smith]. It will be a different show next year. We have a bit of a gap before we start filming the new series, so I have time to get my head around it all. Me and Peter will get together before Christmas to start rehearsing and the scripts will start coming in. It’s funny as I don’t think he was one of the names that was originally being speculated about,” she said. “It wasn’t until the week before [the official announcement] that his name came up.”

Meanwhile Matt Smith, who will generate into Capaldi in next week’s Christmas Day Special The Time of the Doctor, has also praised the actor, describing his appointment as “incredible” as well as admitting that as a fan he is “genuinely excited” to watch Capaldi in action, adding:

“I had lunch with Peter Capaldi shortly after the announcement and I think he’s just going to be incredible,” said the 31-year-old. “He has the most brilliant ideas. As a fan, I’m genuinely excited to see what he’s going to do because I think he’s going to do something extraordinary.”

However, the How To Catch A Monster star went on to reveal that he may find it difficult to watch a new Doctor in his place, explaining:
“It might take me a couple of weeks to get my head around it. I think it was the same for David [Tennant] and I think it was the same for Karen [Gillan], when she watched Jenna [Coleman] come in. I don’t think it’s easy, but it’s not my show, it’s the fans’ show. So I’ll be a fan and then it will be my show.”

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor is due to hit our BBC1 screens at 7.30pm this Christmas Day.