New Doctor Who receives hero's welcome in New York

New DOCTOR WHO PETER CAPALDI received a huge vote of confidence from fans of the sci-fi show on Thursday (14Aug14) when he attended a premiere event for the new season.

The Scottish actor, who has taken over Time Lord duties from Matt Smith, joined co-star Jenna Coleman and writer Steven Moffat at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York, and thousands of eager fans were there to greet him.

Capaldi's official debut as the new Doctor, which will hit TV screens later this month (Aug14), became a hot ticket item when all 900 seats for the premiere screening sold out in less than one minute.

The actor, who posed for photos with fans on the Tardis-blue carpet, revealed how he prepared to play an iconic TV character, explaining, "Once I became the Doctor, I invited Matt to lunch to discuss the role and he arrived on crutches. I said, 'What happened to you?' and he said, 'The show, mate'."

He added, "Matt Smith and (former Doctor Who) David Tennant have both been very kind and helpful to me. I often talk to them and text them and ask for advice. It's a very small club, we talk about stuff that only doctors can talk about."

Capaldi made a brief appearance on the BBC's highest-rated series in November (14) as part of the show's 50th anniversary episode.

Capaldi and Coleman kicked off the first ever global Doctor Who tour earlier this month (Aug14) and they will also make stops in London, Seoul, Sydney, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro to promote the show.

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