Capaldi Turned Down ‘Doctor Who’ TV Movie, Plus Ratings For Series 8 Were Good

"I loved the show so much that I didn't want to have anything to do with it, unless it was going to be me [definitely playing the part].

Peter Capaldi has revealed that he turned down a chance to audition for the 1995 ‘Doctor Who’ television movie, which starred Paul McGann.

“I knew I wouldn’t get it,” Capaldi explained at an event earlier in the month to launch the Doctor Who series 8 DVD box-set.

“I loved the show so much that I didn’t want to have anything to do with it, unless it was going to be me [definitely playing the part].

“I didn’t want the disappointment [after] going through all the palaver – jumping through hoops for something I would never get.”


The actor went on to explain that he didn’t feel well known enough to the America audience at that point in his career.

“It was an American pilot and I knew they would go for somebody who was well-known – which Paul was, and he was fantastic. So I said to my agent, ‘Thank you very much, but I don’t want to go along’.”

In other ‘Doctor Who’ news the BBC have revealed that the overall ratings for the 8th series of ‘Doctor Who’ have remained on par with what they were for Matt Smith’s final series in the role.

The 8th series, which was Peter Capaldi’s first year in the role averaged out at roughly 7.4 million viewers across its 12 episodes. The figures which were released yesterday by the BBC also revealed that the series averaged out at 18.9 million requests for Capaldi’s episodes through BBC iPlayer.

The figures are equal with Matt Smith’s final series, and only slightly down on series six, which averaged 7.5 million viewers in 2011.

However, Capaldi’s opening episodes attracted an average of 100,000 more viewers than Smith’s first series in 2010.

Showrunner Steven Moffat said: “We never take it for granted, but the miracle has happened again – the nation has taken a brand new Doctor to its heart.”

Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television, added: “It’s been an outstanding debut series for Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who and I’m very grateful to Peter, Steven Moffat and everyone involved.”

The new companion show ‘Doctor Who Extra’ totalled 1.3 million BBC iPlayer requests over the course of its 12 episodes, and also reached 2.4 million people via the Red Button.

Across the pond, the first ten episodes of the series were up 23% on series seven, while series opener ‘Deep Breath’ was the show’s highest-rated series premiere ever on BBC America.

‘Doctor Who’ will return over Christmas with a new Christmas Special in which the timelord winds up having to work alongside Santa Claus.

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2 Comments on this post.
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    18 November 2014 at 1:43 pm -

    I’m glad the BBC is embracing delayed viewing. I wish networks got on that bandwagon more in the US. It’s been like pulling teeth to make changes in the ratings system here.

    • Ian Cullen
      18 November 2014 at 6:58 pm -

      To bad that are tabloid media are not considering the delayed viewing figures when they start their Doctor Who is doomed because of bad ratings blurb.

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