‘Doctor Who’ ‘revitalised’ by Peter Capaldi, claims co-star

Tom Riley says new Doctor is "going to bring something completely different."

Peter Capaldi will “revitalise” Doctor Who when he takes over the lead role this autumn, claims co-star Tom Riley.

Riley, who will also star in Kill Your Friends later this year, will star alongside Capaldi in a new episode of the hit BBC1 show later this year. The actor was recently spotted filming scenes alongside the new Doctor dressed as Robin Hood.

Speaking to Flicks and The City (see below) about what he expects Capaldi to bring to the role, Riley says: “I think Peter’s going to completely revitalise the show – not that it needed revitalising!” the actor told Flicks And The City. “He’s going to bring something completely different to the Doctor.”

He adds: “When you change a lead actor, everything’s going to change – but you can rest assured he’s going to absolutely smash it.”

Meanwhile, director Ben Wheatley recently claimed that the new run of Doctor Who episodes will feel more like the “classic” series.

Wheatley, who is known for working on films such as A Field In England and Kill List, will direct the first two episodes of the next series of the show. “To have a unity that runs eight years… it’s pretty crazy,” he said. “It seems to me the episodes that we’re doing now seem more like classic Who.”

Capaldi, who is best-known for playing the ferocious and foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in political comedy The Thick Of It, is set to star in his first series of Doctor Who this year (2014).