Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi visits New Zealand, is unimpressed by local delicacy

Peter Capaldi talks to Stuff.co.nz about realising his dream of becoming Doctor Who.

He's not convinced by Pineapple Lumps, but Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi is already won over by New Zealand.

Ahead of an appearance at Auckland's Civic Theatre tonight, Capaldi spent half the day doing media interviews, fuelled by hot chips and lollies provided by publicists.

It's the 57-year-old's first visit to New Zealand and also the first time a current Doctor Who has been here.  

British actor Peter Capaldi is in New Zealand.
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British actor Peter Capaldi is in New Zealand.

"I don't want to offend the entire nation," he said when asked how he found the sweets.

"I'll give them a second chance... It's the colour as well, that kind of plasticky yellow."

After flying into Auckland yesterday, the actor and his wife Elaine Collins had dinner at Sky City.

Peter Capaldi plays Doctor Who.
LAWRENCE SMITH

Peter Capaldi plays Doctor Who.

They will spend a week in New Zealand on holiday, visiting Wellington and Queenstown.

"It's great," he said of the trip.

"People were laughing at us because we were so thrilled just by the ride from the airport to the hotel. We'll see lots of lovely things I'm sure. I'm just looking forward to being on holiday, really, not having to get up early in the morning."

Peter Capaldi with Jenna Coleman, his companion in Doctor Who.
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Peter Capaldi with Jenna Coleman, his companion in Doctor Who.

Tonight's event is expected to be a sell-out. Capaldi is in conversation with Australian broadcaster Adam Spencer and will take questions from fans.

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In Sydney, where he did a Q and A session with Spencer as part of the Doctor Who Festival at the weekend, excited fans turned out in homemade Dalek skirts and Cybermen suits.

"Everybody asks me [about the fans] because I think they want funny stories about people in anoraks intruding into your personal space and who are a bit smelly, and I've never really experienced fans like that," said Capaldi in defence of Whovians.

Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who is a mysterious, prickly character.
LAWRENCE SMITH

Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who is a mysterious, prickly character.

"The people I meet are sharp and clever and good-hearted."

Doctor Who - Peter Capaldi in Conversation is on November 24 at The Civic in Auckland.  Tickets from ticketmaster

 - Stuff

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