I’m sorry to laugh at your embarrassment, Peter Capaldi, but it’s just too endearingly sweet not to, OK? The Twelfth Doctor’s love of his current series of employment, Doctor Who, has well and long been discussed in the days leading up to his tenure in the TARDIS. But this clip of him on The Graham Norton Show may be the first time we’ve ever seen him truly come face to face with his past. And it is absolutely charmingly fanboyish — and also totally hilarious.
Particularly because the letters that Norton highlights — yes, he digs out a book that’s solely about the early days of the Doctor Who fan club — show a comic disdain for a young Peter C’s obsession and urgency in his adoration of the show. “No, no, no: you’re not by any means worse than Peter C. I had a very sad letter back from him today,” wrote a woman who worked at the BBC to the fan club’s secretary (a job that Peter wanted very much, it seems!). She even wrote — and this is just so funny — that she wished “the Daleks would exterminate him or something.” Which, I mean, I just…oh how ironically good it must feel to be Peter Capaldi circa 2014 versus Peter Capaldi, age 21.
This is why Graham Norton is so fantastic: I’m not sure mortifying one’s guests is really a thing Americans are super-down with doing. Particularly when the egos of stars can be so, well, fragile.
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