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Published on March 19th, 2014 | by Andrew Reynolds

Moffat’s Thoughts On Peter Capaldi: “He’s Scottish!”

What is it? That tangible, otherworldly quality that separates us mere mortals from the kind of beings that can carry off the mantle of the Doctor?

Is it an affectation? A stern, unswerving moral fortitude? An outsider’s perspective? A cocksure attitude?

Well, ask Steven Moffat – who, while speaking to IGN at last week’s BAFTA Game Awards, where he presented Naughty Dog with the gong for Best Story for The Last of Us – just what is it that makes Peter Capaldi one of these select few and he’ll tell you it has something to do with his postcode:

“Scottishness. I think that’s the main thing. I mean watching him, and I just watched episode two actually, you don’t go around thinking this is an older bloke as The Doctor, particularly. But then I don’t know if I ever thought Matt Smith was young?

Inhabiting the role of the Doctor also means that occasionally, those very same qualities that make you the perfect representative of the downtrodden, will almost certainly have you declaring in no uncertain terms that we’re all doomed. And if you crave verisimilitude in annihilation, what better accent than a Scottish one?

You just think my god, he’s Scottish! And doomed dialogue doesn’t half sound great in Scottish. You say the world’s about to end in a Scottish accent, and you really believe it!

Well, it worked for Private Frazer.


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

4 Responses to Moffat’s Thoughts On Peter Capaldi: “He’s Scottish!”

  1. avatar STLShawn says:

    Wonder how Strax is going to react

    • Dude, they ought to really get each other now. ;) I am soo looking forward to this. In fact, I am of th efirm opinion they should start drinking together. I would like to see the Doctor acknowledge Strax in a healthy way, unlike before really.

  2. avatar Andrew G. Dick says:

    Swearing with anger in a Scottish accent, especially a Glaswegian one is quite intimidating. I can’t imagine Malcolm Tucker would have worked as well otherwise.

    • avatar DonnaM says:

      Oh, I don’t know. As a Scouser I think another accent would work pretty well for that! :-)

      On the wider issue, I reckon doomed dialogue delivered with authority and conviction works pretty well regardless of the accent. Luckily the Twelfth Doctor will surely have plenty of both as well as the Scots accent.

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