‘Doctor Who’ star Peter Capaldi: ‘I don’t want a male companion’

Showrunner Steven Moffat has recently suggested that Jenna Coleman's replacement will be female

Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has said that he does not to be joined by a male companion in the next series.

Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald has served as Capaldi’s companion since he took over the role in 2013, but the actress bowed out during the show’s series nine finale, which aired on Saturday.

Asked about Coleman’s replacement, Capaldi told the Radio Times: “With the best will in the world, I don’t want a bloke, because I’m frightened that they’ll give him all the action and I’ll be standing around spouting scientific gobbledygook… ‘Oh, Peter’s not up to chasing those Zygons down the corridor, let the chap do it.’ And that would be awful. I want to chase the Zygons!”

Doctor Who‘s showrunner Steven Moffat has recently suggested the new companion will almost certainly be female, saying: “I’m beginning to have an idea of the kind of person, specific ideas but not a specific actress. We’re definitely looking for a different dynamic.”

For this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, due to air on BBC One on December 25, Capaldi will be joined by Alex Kingston’s popular character River Song. It will be her first time appearing alongside Capaldi, who took over the role of Doctor from Matt Smith in 2013.

Meanwhile, Steven Moffat has blamed the show’s ratings slide during series nine on the popularity of the Rugby World Cup and the fact the series didn’t have “our best-run launch”.