'Doctor Who' Premiere: New Star Peter Capaldi Hits NYC With Series Villain Cyberman
It was no surprise on Thursday night when rabid fans — or "Whovians" — lined 54th Street, 10 deep, in front of Ziegfeld Theater in anticipation for the New York City premiere of BBC America's hit sci-fi series Doctor Who, considering the 900 tickets released to the general public sold out in less than one minute.
New Doctor Peter Capaldi, co-star Jenna Coleman and showrunner Steven Moffat arrived in a vintage checkered taxi to deafening applause before stepping onto the Tardis blue carpet. Series villain Cyberman also made an appearance.
Capaldi, sharply dressed in a blue suit, white shirt and black patent leather shoes posed for selfies with eager fans before discussing his role as the new, mysterious time-traveling doctor.
"Once I became the Doctor, I invited Matt [Smith, former Doctor] to lunch to discuss the role, and he arrived on crutches. I said, 'What happened to you?' And he said, 'The show, mate,' " joked Capaldi. "Matt Smith and David Tennant have both been very kind and helpful to me. I often talk to them and text them and ask for advice. It's a very small club. We talk about stuff that only doctors can talk about."
Of his new take on the classic character, he added, "My Doctor is a little more dapper, a little more alien, a little less user-friendly, but he's a very enthusiastic and passionate person about the universe."
Capaldi made an appearance on the BBC's highest-rated series in November for the show's 50th anniversary.
"Fans can look forward to a brand-new Doctor and a brand-new take on the old man of space and time, and some fantastic new monsters and some fantastic old monsters," said showrunner Moffat, also the brains behind BBC show Sherlock. "The best thing about the new Doctor is that you'll get to see that old show that you know so well being brand-new and absolutely different, which is rather exciting."
Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald, was impeccably dressed in a floral print Dior mini. She discussed her complicated relationship with the Doctor. "We have some hilarious arguments," she said. "We are like a bickery old married couple who adore the bones of each other yet also can't stand each other and really disagree at the same time."
After the 80-minute screening, comedian and Doctor Who superfan Chris Hardwick discussed the upcoming season and moderated a discussion with Capaldi, Coleman and Moffat.
The first-ever Doctor Who world tour kicked off in Wales before reaching New York on Aug. 14. Capaldi and Coleman will also make stops in London, Seoul, Sydney, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro to promote the show.
Doctor Who will return to U.S. screens for season eight on Aug. 23 at 8 p.m EST on BBC America.