You can’t blame anyone for being cynical about politicians.
– Peter Capaldi
I love Hugh Laurie, but I don’t want to be a guy who goes to work every day for nine months of the year in a corner of Burbank. I really don’t. I like doing a bit here and a bit there and strange things, and I think that’s held me back.
I don’t want to find myself at the age of 60 waiting by the telephone for someone else to decide if I am capable of being in what might be a crummy TV production.
I could make the title of my memoirs: ‘It’s got cinematic disaster written all over it.’
Personally, I have as little to do with politicians as possible. The ones that I’ve met I’ve found very boring. They’re extremely egotistical, incredibly self-important. If I can help it, I try to stay as far away from them as possible.
I suppose I just like being arty. That’s all. Arty.
I don’t go to pubs.
The big reason that ‘Doctor Who’ is still with us is that every single viewer who ever turned in to watch this show, at any age, at any time in its history, took it into their heart – because ‘Doctor Who’ belongs to all of us. Everyone made ‘Doctor Who.’
Why can’t jazz musicians just leave a melody alone?
Everywhere I go, I am The Doctor, and everyone smiles at me – they are pleased to see Doctor Who, who’s far more exciting than I am.
I hate restaurants that play music. You come out for a quiet meal, and you’re supposed to put up with all this booming. Why? It’s madness!
I turn down invitations to events where I know there will be politicians.
I think the nice thing about ‘Doctor Who’ is whether people like it or don’t like it, somewhere, someone loves you and will always love you – and the more everyone hates you, the more they’ll love you.
The biggest problem of all is that it’s very difficult to tell my daughter, ‘Swearing is not clever or funny,’ because I earn a living by swearing.
The nurses’ job is emotional and distressing. Their day-to-day work is dealing with people withering and falling to pieces. So black humour is essential for them cope with that. It’s just a consequence of their environment.
It’s one thing getting the job of Doctor Who, which is wonderful. And then the next thing they say to you is, ‘We’re going to announce it live on television!’ And you think, ‘That’s not exactly what I thought I was signing up for!’
I’m so lucky to have worked with Burt Lancaster, who I remember was one of the first people I’d heard swearing in a really interesting way.
I spent four months once doing a play on Broadway.
I wake up in the morning, and I go, ‘I’m Doctor Who! I’m playing Doctor Who. I’m Doctor Who.’
Even if I hadn’t been cast as Doctor Who, my acting would probably have been influenced by William Hartnell or Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, and all of the other guys. Because those were the actors that I really watched every moment of, as opposed to Laurence Olivier.
I don’t think I would have been great in the 17th century. I would have enjoyed the frocks, and certainly some of the food would have been appealing, but the disease and hygiene would have worried me.
I was always admiring people who seemed to conduct themselves with ease in the world. Maybe that’s a great gift to give your kids if you can do that. Because they can move through the world without neurosis, this anxiety about everything, which our own parents gave us.
I don’t like parties. There was never a party I was at where I didn’t wish I was somewhere else.
My family know not to get me any tech for Christmas. I can never get it to work, and it all becomes very tearful and pressurised.
Crime is interesting. It’s huge and fascinating, and it’s what my business, TV and film, is largely based on. But the realities are tragic, and in crime drama you rarely see the pain of bereavement or any consequences. It’s reduced to a chess game.
I haven’t played Doctor Who since I was 9 on the playground.
Comic-Con is so legendary, so a great thrill to be invited along.
Before ‘Local Hero,’ I’d been knocking about Glasgow in rock bands, drinking too much and generally being 21. My opinion of actors was that they were straight and boring, so you see, I was completely unprepared for being one.
I’m not an extravagant man. The fact that I can have a coffee out whenever I want still makes me feel grateful.
Every viewer who ever turned on ‘Doctor Who’ has taken him into his heart. He belongs to all of us.