Capaldi wants something 'different' after Doctor Who

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

Peter Capaldi has opened up about what he'll be focusing on in the future post-Doctor Who.

The actor, who has played the Tardis travelling Time Lord since 2013's Christmas special, revealed he would be stepping down from the series after three years in January, with his last scenes set to air in this year's Christmas special.

And, after the news came that he received support from his fellow Doctors David Tennant and Matt Smith following his decision, Capaldi has now teased a few hints for what we can expect his plans to be once he hangs up his sonic screwdriver for good.

"Filming Doctor Who has been so all-consuming," Capaldi told The Sunday Times. "I haven't been out in the world to get a job. I'm about to face all that.

"You hope that more fame affords you more choice - but actually I have no idea. Not really.

"I'm of an age where all the casting directors know me, so what am I meant to do - go to cocktail parties and hope they see me in a new light? The whole thing is so volatile, you can't exercise any control."

And when faced with the possibility of playing the likes of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the future, Capaldi was pretty quick to put his days of politics and The Thick of It to one side for now.

"I don't really want to do another political thing," he added. "I've done enough of that, being a man in a suit shouting at other men in suits.

"I want to do something different, with a big wig. I want to get dressed up!"

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Outside the world of acting, Capaldi revealed that he may be dropping by a fan convention or two more regularly in the tradition of the Doctors before him.

"I think that's the life that could be in store," he added. "I don't think it's shameful!

"It's a lucky position to be in because most actors go from job to job - and I've been extremely blessed - but you don't have a pension or anything."

"Whereas doing something like conventions you can just go on and on. And everyone does them - Harry Potter, Game of Thrones.

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"I don't want to spend my life doing that, but all I'm saying is, I'm lucky that I have that option.

"But I'm not there yet, so I don't know."

Doctor Who returns April 15 to BBC One.

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