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Capaldi gets NY welcome

Peter Capaldi knew he was in New York on Thursday the minute he stepped out of a classic yellow cab that drove him to the premiere of “Doctor Who.’’

“Someone just shouted at me from the crowd, ‘The first Italian Doctor,’” he said, laughing.

Capaldi is the 12th actor to play the Doctor in six decades. At 56, he is also the oldest since the first, William Hartnell.

Show runner Steven Moffat is not concerned that younger viewers will be turned off by the elder time-and-space traveling Time Lord.

“Is that why Santa Claus never worked as an old man and kids didn’t like him?’’ he cracked.

“Look, I hate to tell you this, but to kids, [previous 31-year-old Doctor] Matt Smith was ancient, right? I mean we’re all ancient to them so [I’m] not remotely [worried].’’

Although the Doctor has changed, his companion has not. Jenna Coleman returns as Clara Oswald, who also was Smith’s sidekick.

“Doctor Who’’ is a science-fiction series in which the Doctor travels in the Tardis, a time machine shaped like an old-fashioned British police telephone booth. Capaldi and Coleman have been on a world tour of seven cities across five continents in 12 days to promote the new season premiering Aug. 23 on BBC America.
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