“I was keen he be a little darker,” he told the BBC’s Lizo Mzimba. “He’s struggling with himself and who he is.”
The 56-year-old, who played abrasive spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It, is one of the oldest actors to have played the TV time-traveller.
Yet the Scot joked that, if anything, he was too young to play the role.
I think the whole spoiler thing has taken over the media”
“I don’t feel elderly at all, and I don’t think the Doctor’s elderly, apart from the fact he’s two-and-a-half thousand years old.
“There’s a magic about him which is not about being in your 20s and 30s,” continued the actor, whose immediate predecessors – David Tennant and Matt Smith – were 34 and 27 when they first appeared in the show.
“We don’t consider the Wizard of Oz or Father Christmas to be too old. They’re still magical characters, and the fact they’ve been around the block only adds to their magic.”
Deep Breath, the first episode of the new series, had its premiere screening in Cardiff earlier and will have a second airing at the BFI Southbank in London on Thursday night.
The programme, which also features Jenna Coleman as the Doctor’s companion Clara Oswald and Samuel Anderson as new character Danny Pink, will be broadcast on BBC One on 23 August.
via BBC News.