Why aren’t we allowed to get a good close-up of Dr Who?

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So how are we feeling about Dr Who? Aside from the bizarre storyline of last week – which had more holes than my colander – has Peter Capaldi lived up to my initial enthusiasm?

I think not. Sorry Peter, it’s not your acting, it’s the fact that Dr Who now centres around Clara and we’re not allowed to get a good close-up view of the Doctor for any length of time.

Nor is he allowed to speak for more than one sentence.

I have the feeling that the makers have been brave enough to put a wonderful character actor in place, but they’re now worried that if he shows his character – built through age – they’ll lose viewers.

Which I find somewhat ironic, as Dr Who himself is surely the oldest character in children’s TV?