Whether you’re a critic or a jaded fan, perhaps the best response I can give is not to say “Watch Heaven Sent” or any of the other amazing episodes this man has done. Or the convention appearances and interviews he gave with Jenna Coleman. No. My response is this video showing Peter Capaldi improvising an entire performance as the Doctor at the Doctor Who Experience in 2015. During the Q&A he remained in character and gave an emotional response to wanting to see his granddaughter again. And then he more or less reaffirms the Whouffaldi concept by stating outright that the Doctor loves Clara. And look at the kids hanging on his every word. This is not a slight against the other actors who played the role, but while I know Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee and I think even William Hartnell made the occasional public appearance in character, I don’t think there is precedent for the level this event reached. In some respects this could almost trigger a debate on whether there is canon here.