Look who’s back. Tomorrow night Peter Capaldi, formerly swear-master Malcolm Tucker from The Thick of It, takes his place at the Tardis console.
What makes Doctor Who so enduring? It’s thirty years since it made me cower behind my childhood sofa, but after its bold regeneration in 2005, this bizarre TV series seems like its irrepressible hero, as full of life as ever.
Attention deservedly focuses on the showrunners and actors bringing New Who to life. But that can’t be the whole story. The show’s ability to survive the departure of any particular talent – even to return from the brink of oblivion – suggests the strength of the format itself is a large part of what keeps drawing us back.