Sean Pertwee, son of Jon Pertwee, has said his father was “very fond” of Peter Capaldi.
In an interview with the Press Association, Pertwee said: “My father was very fond of Peter and Peter is an extremely lovely gentleman. He was very kind to my family when my father passed away.”
He added: “I think he’s going to bring some real gravitas and weight, which only comes with age. Taking nothing away from Matt [Smith], who I thought was great, I just think he’s going to have a completely different look.”
“He’s such a phenomenal actor anyway I think he’ll be absolutely brilliant. I’m delighted he’s doing it.”
Doctor Who Series 8 will air later in 2014 on BBC One.