Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has revealed that there will be no flirting between the Doctor and his assistant Clara Oswald in the forthcoming series.
New Time Lord Capaldi, 56, has said that he was "adamant" that there will be "no Papa-Nicole moments".
When asked about the age gap between himself and his 28-year-old co-star Jenna Coleman, Capaldi said: "They'll be no flirting, that's for sure. It's not what this Doctor's concerned with. It's quite a fun relationship, but no, I did call and say, 'I want no Papa-Nicole moments.'I think there was a bit of tension with that at first but I was absolutely adamant."
Capaldi is the joint oldest actor to play the Doctor and shares his title with William Hartnell.
So what IS this Doctor 'concerned with' then?
Capaldi said: "One thing the show does well is balance the epic and the domestic. You can go from the edge of the universe to a pedestrian precinct. This Doctor loves watching stars being born in Andromeda: he's also thrilled to see litter blowing across the supermarket car park at dawn."
For those who are concerned that the drama may be stripped back, in the same interview with The Sunday Times magazine Capaldi insisted that is simply not the case.
He said: "We still blow a lot of s*** up. That's very important, but it's going to be a bit different from what we've seen over the years."
Executive producer Steven Moffat recently said: “There’s no point pretending that it’s not the most interesting, dynamic thing that you’ve got to sell in that first episode. It’s going to be about ‘What’s he like? How’s he different?’ I suppose it feels a bit like a character piece, but there’s plenty of action and nonsense and jeopardy, as there ever is in Doctor Who.”
Capaldi is the 12th actor to play the show’s Doctor and replaces Matt Smith.
The new series will be made up of 12 new episodes and start in August.
Not long now...