Thick of It creator expects a funny, powerful and tragic 12th Doctor

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capaldi-12-dwm-2013Writer and comedian Armando Iannucci has given his thoughts on how Peter Capaldi will play the 12th Doctor.

Iannucci, who created Capaldi’s hilariously foul-mouthed character Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It, told Whatsontv: “I was so pleased when I heard that Peter had got the role. He had a part in the show a few years back and he told me that when he went on set and saw the TARDIS, he nearly cried! He’s a massive fan.”

He adds: “He won’t be Malcolm – that’s the thing. I think some people will be surprised because he’s a fantastic actor. He’s really funny, so I imagine there’ll be lots of humour there, but he can also be powerful and tragic. It’ll be interesting to see if they do stories that allow him to play to those things!

Iannucci also expressed a desire to write an episode for the show: “I’d love to write [an episode of Doctor Who]! Steven Moffat hasn’t asked me, but it would be great because I love sci-fi and I grew up with Doctor Who as well.”