Capaldi also spoke about getting the news that he was to be the new Doctor while on set of The Musketeers, where he played the villainous Cardinal Richelieu:
“I was dressed as Cardinal Richelieu in some scene torturing somebody or something. And I got all these missed messages and then finally I got my agent and she said: ‘Hello Doctor’. And I couldn’t tell anyone. I couldn’t do anything, I had to go off into a corner and sort of scream. And walk around Prague singing the Doctor Who theme.”
As if having your dreams come true while wearing a leather cape wasn’t strange enough, there was a downright surreal encounter with a young fan who seemed to have come from the future.
“The weirdest thing is that while we were filming we left Prague and went to a place called Moravia, north of Czech Republic. And there was a little lad who said to me in very broken English: ‘I really enjoy you as Doctor Who.’ I thought that’s weird, what do you mean you really enjoy me as Doctor Who?”
What indeed? Capaldi had only just found out the news himself. Read on, dear reader…
“He said 'I enjoyed you in Fires of Pompeii’, which was an episode I’d been in years ago. He couldn’t speak English very well, [but] he said I’m a big big Doctor Who fan, I’m a ‘Whovian’. So I said to him ‘have you got your camera with you?’ But he wasn’t very interested in getting his picture taken with Cardinal Richelieu. I said 'I think you should take a picture’ and within a few weeks he would know it was Doctor Who.”