DOCTOR Who fans are set for a treat next month with a “sneak peek” at the first episode of the new series starring Peter Capaldi – and organisers have not ruled out the possibility that the star himself will make an appearance.
The eagerly-anticipated debut of the new Doctor is set to be screened in selected cinemas around the world from August 23, but the preview at the Edinburgh International Television Festival two days earlier will be one of the first opportunities to see it.
Written by Steven Moffat, the feature-length first episode of the new series, entitled Deep Breath, will be shown at the Filmhouse on the opening day of the festival.
Organisers said they had no information on whether Capaldi or Moffat were planning to attend the screening, but they could not rule it out.
They said, however, there were no plans for a question and answer session with the public afterwards.
Glasgow-born Capaldi – best known for his role as spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in In The Thick of It – is a lifelong fan of Doctor Who and was named as the new incarnation of one of TV’s most iconic roles last summer. He will star alongside Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara.
Capaldi told Empire magazine this week that the Time Lord is a lot more “alien” than he has been in recent times. “He doesn’t really care very much about human beings’ approval,” he said.
The first episode was produced by Nikki Wilson and directed by Ben Wheatley.
The TV festival will also include a screening of the premiere episode of series four of Dynamo: Magician Impossible, followed by a Q&A with Dynamo. Tickets for both events go on sale on Monday.