Peter Capaldi will be "amazing" in his Doctor Who role, one of his latest co-stars, Jason Flemyng, has predicted.
Flemyng will be seen joining Capaldi in BBC1's swashbuckling drama The Musketeers tomorrow, in a guest role as notorious criminal Vadim.
And he said of his colleague's casting as The Doctor: "He will smash it. He's going to be amazing. He's so talented."
Flemyng, 47, said Capaldi was an ideal successor to Matt Smith, who left his role as the Time Lord in the BBC sci-fi series on Christmas Day.
"The Doctor is a great role. They've never had a bad Doctor," Flemyng continued.
"In the modern Doctor Who, they've never cast an OK actor. Every single time, the actor's been sublime and talented, and that, plus the fact it's a good role, has turned Doctor Who into a great character."
Flemyng, who has a family connection with the character as his father Gordon directed both of the Dalek feature films of the 1960s, Dr Who And The Daleks and Daleks - Invasion Earth: 2150 AD, admitted he has little interest in portraying the Doctor himself.
"Until they stop the Daleks flying and put them back in the spaceship, which is where they're meant to land, then I shall be keeping away from Doctor Who," he said.
"It's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Much as I love the show, suddenly the Daleks start flying and I thought, that's silly."
Capaldi plays Cardinal Richelieu in The Musketeers and was filming the series when he won his role as The Doctor.
Flemyng said: "One minute I was working with Peter playing the Cardinal and the next, I was working with Doctor Who.
"That was quite surprising when he got the Doctor Who gig while we were in the middle of it. When I did The Quartermass Experiment, David Tennant came in one morning and was Doctor Who as well so it seems to be something strange, like I'm a lucky (charm). Always the bridesmaid, never the bride."
Having starred in films such as X-Men: First Class, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Kick-Ass, Flemyng will return to the small screen as notorious criminal Vadim in The Musketeers, playing the villain to the four swashbucklers - D'Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino), Athos (Tom Burke), Porthos (Howard Charles) and Aramis (Santiago Cabrera).
He will make his appearance in the second episode of the show, which will be shown at 9pm tomorrow on BBC1.
"Vadim is a proper old-school Saturday morning film club baddie. It was great," he said. "I took a little bit of all the great baddies of all time - there's a bit of Errol Flynn in there when he's really bad, there's a bit of Lee J Cobb, a bit of Bogart.
"I don't really do too much telly so it was great to do. It's really fun, and the boys are fantastic. I'm meant to be Luke's enemy and I didn't know whether to stab him or kiss him."
Flemyng is remaining tight-lipped about his rumoured appearance in JJ Abrams' upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
He said: "I can't talk about that. As you can probably imagine, a certain amount of s*** will hit the fan, and the Star Wars fans are very adamant, and any website that covers it in any way with me becomes a complete furore."