Sean Pertwee has revealed he thinks Peter Capaldi‘s age will give “gravitas” to his portrayal of The Doctor.

Sean – who appeared with Peter in the BBC drama The Musketeers – is the son of Jon Pertwee, the third actor to play the Time Lord in hit sci fi series Doctor Who.

Sean said: “Peter was a big fan of my dad’s and my father was very fond of Peter. He was very kind to my family when my father passed away.

“So, personally, the Pertwee household were absolutely delighted when he got the role of The Doctor.”

Peter, 55, will be following on from 31-year-old Matt Smith.

Sean added: “I think Peter’s going to bring some real gravitas and weight, which only comes with age. Taking nothing away from Matt (Smith), who I thought was great, I just think he’s going to stupendous. He’s going to have a completely different look.

“He’s such a phenomenal actor anyway. I think he’ll be absolutely brilliant. I’m delighted he’s doing it.”

Sean, 49, also revealed how much he enjoyed shooting the action scenes for The Musketeers, but admitted when it came to fighting 24-year-old Luke Pasqualino, who plays D’artagnan, he may have met his match.

Sean said: “My fight training all came back to me. The problem is, fighting Luke , I don’t tend to bounce so much now. I’m on the deck and my brain is convincing itself that I’m still standing up. It takes me a bit longer to get up now.

“And I realised that I’m literally old enough to be his father, what the hell do I think I’m doing?!

“I was bashed to pieces, but that’s all part of it and it’s such fun.”

And the actor said he thinks the fast pace of the period drama – which has already been commissioned for a second series – sets it apart from previous adaptations of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel on which it is based.

He said: “What I love about the choreography in the show is it’s for real. It’s not fence-like sword play, it’s blood and guts stuff, it’s how people used to fight.

“We had almost too much fun doing it. It was brilliant. A great experience.”

Doctor Who will return to BBC1 later this year.

The Musketeers will return in 2015.

Press Association