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Peter Capaldi: 'The new Doctor Who will be wonderful'

Steven Moffat doesn't know why there has been such a "fuss" about Doctor Who character Bill's sexuality.

Peter Capaldi has no doubts that the new Doctor Who will be "wonderful".

The 58-year-old actor revealed in January (17) that he would be hanging up his sonic screwdriver after the upcoming tenth series, immediately leading to speculation as to who could replace him in the Tardis.

Numerous names have been linked to the role since then, both male and female, and at a screening of the first episode of the new season in London on Tuesday (04Apr17), Peter insisted he was sure bosses would pick the right person for the job.

"I'm sure whoever that person is will be wonderful," Peter said, according to the BBC. "Doctor Who is a wonderful part, and they are going to make - if they haven't already done so - a wonderful choice, whether that's a man or a woman."

Peter also revealed he will be sad to say goodbye to the role that has made him a household name with so many fans, including the younger generation.

"It's an incredible thing to wake up in the morning and go 'Oh, I'm still Doctor Who!' and go and blow up some monsters - and that's how you spend your day," he said.

"When you walk around, people don't see Peter anymore - it's Doctor Who they see - and he gets many more smiles than I do. It'll be sad to say goodbye to him."

The first episode of the new season, called The Pilot, will be the first time viewers have been introduced to Pearl Mackie's character Bill Potts, the Doctor's new companion.

It hit headlines last week (ends02Apr17) that Pearl would be the show's first openly gay character when she comes out in her debut episode, but showrunner Steven Moffat said after the screening that he was surprised at the "fuss" the news has caused.

"We are not expecting any kind of round of applause or pat on the back for that," he said. "That is the minimum of representation you should have on television. The correct response would be: 'What took you so long?'"

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