Peter Capaldi is 'Chippendale of Doctor Whos'

Peter Capaldi

Peter Capaldi

'The Thick Of It' star Joanna Scanlan says her co-star Peter Capaldi is "a true fine article" of a man and has dubbed him "the Chippendale of Doctor Whos".

Joanna Scanlan has dubbed actor Peter Capaldi "the Chippendale of Doctor Whos".

The actress - who he starred alongside him on 'The Thick of It' - is "delighted" her former colleague is to replace Matt Smith on the BBC sci-fi show and thinks he will be a brilliant Doctor.

She said: "I'm delighted for him. It seems to me he's the essence of [the] Doctor. I think Peter is sort of like the Chippendale of Doctor Whos, he's the true thing. A true fine article."

Joanna is sure viewers have seen the last of 'The Thick of It' now Peter - who portrayed foul-mouthed PR Malcolm in the comedy series - is taking control of the TARDIS.

She explained: "Now that Peter is the Doctor I would have thought that makes it very difficult to come back. You can't do 'The Thick Of It' without Peter Capaldi."

Matt - who played the Eleventh Doctor for four years - previously described Peter, 55, as the perfect choice to play the Time Lord.

He said: "If I had to pick someone I'd pick him. Because I think he's great ... I know he's a both a huge fan of the show and a really nice guy. The casting of it made me really excited, as a fan I think it's a really canny choice, I think he'll be a hit."

'Doctor Who' returns to TV screens for its 50th anniversary episode on November 23, and Peter will make his first appearance when the Eleventh Doctor regenerates in the Christmas Special.


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