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You never forget a face, am I right? Gotham fans and Doctor Who fans know that the actor who plays the legendary role of Alfred, Sean Pertwee, is actually the son of the well known Time Lord, Jon Pertwee, famous for playing the third incarnation of the Doctor. However, Sean Pertwee has just revealed some heartwarming news that Doctor Who fans never knew: Jon Pertwee and the current Time Lord, Peter Capaldi, were actually very close friends during their childhood years.
Sean Pertwee has already appeared onscreen alongside Peter Capaldi in the BBC's show The Musketeers. Now, Pertwee has expressed his thoughts and feelings on how Capaldi has played a huge role within the Pertwee family.
Capaldi Is More Than Just A Friend, He's Family
News rocked the world on May 20, 1996 when it was discovered that Jon Pertwee had tragically passed away due to a heart attack in Connecticut. He was 76 years old. In recent months, Sean Pertwee has revealed to the world how he and his family coped following his father's tragic death, and it appears Capaldi stood by the Pertwee family throughout the whole time. Speaking to Radio Times, Pertwee said this:
"My father was very fond of Peter and Peter is an extremely lovely gentleman. He was very kind to my family when my father passed away, he was big fan of my dad's actually. So personally the Pertwee household were absolutely delighted when he got the role of The Doctor. He's such a phenomenal actor anyway I think he'll be absolutely brilliant. I'm delighted he's doing it."
Capaldi and [Sean] Pertwee's friendship was set to become even stronger during Series 9 of the science fiction show, as Sean was asked to make an appearance for one or two episodes. However, Sean declined the offer. But why?
He Declined The Offer For A Valid Reason
When the crew of Doctor Who approached Sean, he was tied up in the production stage of Gotham, causing him to confirm some sad news to the BBC. Once again, speaking exclusively to Radio Times, Sean went into more depths on why he declined that special offer. In his statement, he said:
“I’d love to, I’d love to [be in Doctor Who]. I’ve been asked before – I was asked actually last season [season 9]. I couldn’t do it because of Gotham. I’d love to be in some capacity be involved, as an ode to my father and to Roger Delgado, who was my dad’s best friend, who was the Master."
Continuing his interview, Sean went onto describing that it would be "an honor" to be part of Doctor Who, especially now it has become a smash hit in not just America, but in China, causing the show to be renewed until the year 2022.
As the interview went on, Sean believes Doctor Who is stronger when an older actor like Peter Capaldi is in charge of the TARDIS. But is playing the Doctor something Sean would do? Well, Sean hasn't said yes or no to playing the Doctor, but has said this:
“It would be an honour, but I think I would be completely terrified. They’re large boots to fill. My dad would have absolutely split his sides if I did that, I’m laughing just thinking of his reaction.”
It remains unknown which character was asked to play or what episode he was meant to be in; however, fans are keeping their eyes peeled for his appearance in Doctor Who in years to come.