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Nighy: Capaldi is 'cool' Doctor Who

Bill Nighy has praised the casting of Peter Capaldi as the new lead in Doctor Who, saying it is a "brilliant choice".

The 63-year-old, who appeared in the BBC sci-fi series in 2010, said the Thick Of It star is the perfect person to portray the 12th incarnation of the Time Lord.

"I think it's a brilliant, inspired choice. It's one of those things where you think, 'Of course he's the Doctor'. Why didn't I think of that before?" he said at the world premiere of Richard Curtis' new romantic drama About Time in London.

"He's a marvellous actor. He'll be very cool as the Doctor. He'll bring a lot of wit and dry humour. He's elegant and he looks great. It's a great, great choice," he added.

Bill had a cameo as art gallery curator Dr Black in the episode titled Vincent And The Doctor alongside Matt Smith, where he travelled back in time to meet Vincent Van Gogh.

Peter was announced as the latest actor to take over the Tardis on August 3, after being the bookies' favourite.

Joshua McGuire, who starred alongside Peter in BBC drama The Hours, revealed that the actor seemed to be in the dark over the buzz surrounding his casting.

"Peter is a good friend, and I texted him on the day it was going to be announced and asked if I should put a bet on him. And this is the honest truth: he said that he had no idea why people were placing bets on him and that it was mad," he recalled.

"Cue to three hours later, having seen the TV show, I could have won a lot of money so I'm very annoyed at him."

Joshua added: "He's incredible and is going to be absolutely amazing. A completely genius bit of casting."

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