There are core elements to his character that each successive interpretation highlights more than others depending on their personality. Couple that with the writer/show runners own idiosyncrasies and you start to understand why casting is so crucial.
But thankfully, there will never be a definite Doctor.
Matt Smith (speaking to Bang Showbiz ) believes that no-one understands the Doctor as well as Steven Moffat:
“I think Steven has such a clear take on the show and The Doctor – that’s the benefit of having a brilliant writer, he’s got such a clear and inventive vision of things.”
Steven and Matt’s work together doesn’t just stay on the scripted page. Matt is also actively encouraged to bring his own personality into the character:
“Regarding The Doctor, I’d like to think Steven’s seen elements of me and is weaving them into his writing. It’s a collaboration in the best sense of the word but make no mistake about it – he’s the boss.”
That’s really all that can be hoped for – a head writer with a take on the character that’s not: “Lets make him half Time Lord, half Horse!” and an actor who’ll bring himself into a role that escapes such easy labels.
Long may it continue…
(Via Digital Spy)