Steven Moffat has chatted this week about the casting of Peter Capaldi, and how he aimed to avoid another young actor as the 12th star of Doctor Who.
Put simply, they wanted a change; think of it as a reverse Peter Davison, if you will…
We couldn’t have had another quirky young man because Matt had nailed the part. Peter’s already a bit of a national treasure, an incredibly skilled, fine actor. As most people have realised, the moment you think of him in the part, you find it hard to think of anyone else.
Every time I was at a TV do and Peter was there, he’d come over to talk about Doctor Who and he was the first to congratulate Matt. I started thinking: what if that genius actor might actually say ‘yes’?
He’s right, of course. Although looking at the image above, perhaps we’re going to get a quirky old man instead…?
But what of the children, Steven? Won’t someone think of the poor, young souls who will cry when their Doctor, Matt Smith, melts away? Moffat recalls his own initial dislike of Jon Pertwee, before observing:
I sympathise with the kids who’ve grown up with Matt Smith. It’s like when you move home and your mum and dad say, ‘You’ll make new friends’.
I always resented the intruder but then after a while, I forgot there had been one before him.
Have you had trouble adjusting to a new Doctor (in the show, we mean, not at your local surgery)? Let us know below!
(Via Broadcast | Thanks to Turquoise Tarquin)