Peter Capaldi: 'Doctor Who is my dream job'

Peter Capaldi: 'Doctor Who is my dream job'

Peter Capaldi has called Doctor Who "the best job in British television".

The 57-year-old actor took on the role of the Time Lord in 2013 and is contracted to continue in the show until 2017.

Prior to playing the Doctor, Peter appeared in shows including The Thick of It, The Hour and The Musketeers, but nothing compares to his latest part.

"It's the best job in British television and I've got it - isn't that amazing?" Peter laughed during an interview on U.K. chat show Lorraine on Monday (07Mar16). "How did that happen?"

The job has a lot of physical stunts involved, and that can take its toll on an actor. Peter also revealed he is suffering from a knee injury - the same injury sustained by the previous Doctor, Matt Smith.

"I actually got a knee injury which was the same injury Matt Smith had," he said. "The first time I met him, I met up with him to talk about the role and to ask him about it, and he came in on crutches. I asked him what he'd done and he said, 'Doctor Who!'

"It's all the running around the corridors and pivoting at the end, it's the pivoting on the one knee that means you snap it."

Peter has so far received positive reviews for his portrayal of the time-travelling genius. However, he credits the team he works with for making the programme what it is.

"We have an astonishingly talented group of people working on the show and that has made it very special so it's been great to work with them," he continued.

Doctor Who had a big role in shaping Peter's childhood, as it started when he was five years old. While his teenage years saw a short break in his love of the programme, he insists he is now "back with a vengeance".

"I grew up with the first four doctors who covered my whole childhood, because the show started when I was five," he said. "So I remember the very first doctor, William Hartnell, and I followed it all the way through with Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, and then about halfway through Tom's reign I was a teenager then. And as you do you sort of grow up and leave the show behind, but I've come back to it with a vengeance."

Peter has yet to comment on how much longer he will continue playing the Doctor.

However, it has been speculated that he may step down from the role in 2017, when writer Steven Moffat also ends his involvement with the show.

- Cover Media