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Doctor Who stars meet fans at Cardiff red carpet premiere

Thousands of fans turned out to welcome the cast Photo: PA

Thousands of Doctor Who fans from across the globe descended on Cardiff to welcome new Timelord Peter Capaldi ahead of his debut performance on the show.

The Scottish actor and co-star Jenna Louise Coleman were given the red carpet treatment as they attended the premiere for the new BBC series, which airs later this month.

Capaldi takes the helm from previous Doctor Matt Smith and those in the know say he will bring a darker edge to one of TV's most famous roles.

He's going to be darker but also very fun.

I'm really excited about people's reactions. For me as a big Doctor Who fan this a dream come true.

– Peter Capaldi
Some fans travelled from as far as France, Japan and even the USA Credit: PA

Some fans had travelled from as far as France, Japan and the USA. One family from Chicago had amended their holiday plans so that they could get chance to see the Doctor.

My husband Brett and I have been fans of the show since the 1980s.

We couldn't believe we were going to be in Europe when the premiere was happening, so we knew we had to come across to Cardiff.

– Kristan Fedderson, from Chicago
Some young fans took pictures with Doctor Who's companion, Jenna Louise Coleman Credit: PA

The first-ever screening of new episode Deep Breath is to be shown the Welsh capital city's St David's Hall ahead of a performance at The British Film Institute in London later this evening.