Peter Capaldi has taken a backhanded swipe at Doctor Who and says the BBC has let down it’s flagship sci-fi show by failing to fund it enough to make props and prosthetics look realistic.
The long-running time-travel adventure series has been on the air since the 1960’s – but by the sound of 63-year-old Peter’s verdict, the budget for the show has barely increased since the original episode screened in 1963.
The Scottish actor played the 12th incarnation of the time-travelling doctor from 2013 to 2017, starring alongside TV performers Jenna Coleman, Pearl Mackie and Matt Lucas.
Peter has advanced to big budget Hollywood films, and is now starring in Warner Brothers and DC Comic’s film The Suicide Squad alongside film stars including Margot Robbie, Sylvester Stallone and Viola Davis.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Peter inadvertently slated his old BBC show saying monsters look too cheap to be scary and claims props would “fall to pieces” on set.
Comparing his time as The Doctor to playing The Thinker in The Suicide Squad, Peter said: “Everything about [The Suicide Squad] was bigger. And also, you know, we had this incredible cast.
“Also there was more money, you know… [at] Doctor Who, we don’t really have enough – everything on Doctor Who falls to pieces, all of the props fall to pieces and the costumes have to be stuck together with duct tape and velcro and stuff.”
Cramming in a somewhat backhanded compliment, he went on: “I like the kind of B-movie, kind of cobbled together, quality of it.”
Peter went on: “You know that there’s never really quite enough money, but the ideas are often very special – that’s what I like.
“But it’s also nice to be somewhere where they do have enough money to make the monsters look… scary.”
Peter’s new film includes characters who are CGI – with Stallone playing a huge, land-walking shark monster – and includes epic battle scenes featuring destruction and blood-splattering violence.
While Doctor Who’s main villain continues to be the Daleks – which are effectively oversized dustbins with toilet plungers and whisks for arms.
According to reports, episodes of Doctor Who cost the BBC around £1 million per episode to make – with Peter featuring in 45 episodes as the title character.
The budget of 2021 film version of The Suicide Squad, meanwhile, has not yet been revealed – however, the 2016 version of the film was released at a cost of $175 million (£126 million).
Doctor Who could be considered a divisive television series – with many life-long fans treasuring every episode, while other TV fanatics slate it as a sub-standard production.
Back in 2010, Stephen Fry blasted the BBC for heavily promoting Doctor Who as he wrote it off as a ‘children’s show’ and lamented the lack of adult entertainment on the Beeb.
He said: “The number of times I turn on the television and I think ‘Gosh, children’s television’s gone on, that’s a really good art documentary … Oh my God, it’s nine o’clock in the evening. This is for grown-ups?’ It’s just shocking.
“The only drama the BBC will boast about are Merlin and Doctor Who, which are fine, but they’re children’s programmes. They’re not for adults.
“And they’re very good children’s programmes, don’t get me wrong, they’re wonderfully written … but they are not for adults.”