The world and his Whovian wife are no doubt counting down the days until August 23 when we get to see Peter Capaldi making his debut as the new Time Lord on Doctor Who.
And ahead of that much-anticipated episode, which is entitled ‘Deep Breath’, Hermione Norris – who will guest star in the new series – has revealed that Capaldi’s version of the Doctor is “very different” to those who’ve gone before.
During an appearance this week on ITV magazine show This Morning, Hermione – who has had dozens of film and TV roles, including parts in Spooks, Wire in the Blood, Casualty, Heartbeat, The Bill and Kingdom – said of Capaldi, “He is a fantastic actor, and I’m sure he will be very, very different [as the Doctor].”
Adding that she considers him to be “extraordinary”, she continued, “I was interested to see what he would do. He is a very, very good actor, so it will be exciting.”
As to her own role on the show, In the Club star Hermione joked that as cast members have to “sign the Official Secrets Act”, she couldn’t give much away, but she did reveal that she jumped at the chance of the role, primarily because her son Wilf is a huge fan of the show.
She is set to feature in an episode that’s set in Lanzarote and which was written by Wallander’s Peter Harness.
Of her role, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat said, “It is a testament to the quality of Peter Harness’s intense and emotional script, that we have been able to attract an actress of the brilliance of Hermione Norris.”
And apropos of Moffat, he recently revealed that he’s working closely with renowned director Peter Jackson with a view to having him work on at least one episode…
Speaking to SFX magazine, Moffat said, “He’s still busy on The Hobbit, but I have spoken to him and he would like to do one when he’s available.”
Jackson meanwhile told Entertainment Weekly that if he does get on the set of the show, he might just take a souvenir home with him.
He joked, “I’ve got my eye on one of those nice gold-colored Daleks.”
As mentioned above, the eighth series of Doctor Who debuts on August 23 on BBC One, but for now, here’s a look at the trailer…