Remember in Series 9 when the Doctor stood astride a tank while whaling on the guitar? Still haven’t managed to wipe it from your memory? Yeah, it was a pretty divisive moment but, if Peter Capaldi had his way, we could have seen even more of the Twelfth Doctor jamming on his axe.
Speaking at this weekend’s Regeneration Who convention in Baltimore, the rock Doctor detailed his idea for a hypothetical episode where the Doctor met rock God Jimi Hendrix.
“I always wanted a story where he met Jimi Hendrix and said, ‘Jimi, your sound’s good, but… what you really need is a sort of wah-wah sound.’
“I’ll find a little thing here, and some valves, and an old bit of shoe, in some shoe box thing, and say to Jimi, ‘Here’s a wah-wah pedal.’
“And of course there would have been aliens channelling themselves through Jimi’s music, to try to capture the brains of the adult population of the UK at the time.”
While we might have missed out/been spared that, we still got a fair share of the Doctor’s guitar skills, which, thanks to Capaldi, were purposely amateur for the ‘100% rebel Time Lord’:
“I thought it would be funny if he could play the guitar, sort of like a teenager. You know, a guitar that he’d made himself, an amp that it looked like he’d made himself.
“I thought [the Doctor] should play really badly. And I thought it’d be great if he plugged it into the TARDIS control panel.
“I never thought they’d take it seriously, but [Steven Moffat] did! And somehow, I was amazed to read this thing of me arriving on a tank playing the TARDIS.
“I said to Steven, ‘We can’t do that. That is so wrong, that will not work, it makes me look like Cher!’
“But then, she had a great hit with ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’, so…”
Now there’s an image you won’t be able to forget!
Doctor Who returns this autumn on BBC One.