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Published on May 13th, 2014 | by Christian Cawley

New Doctor Who Star Peter Capaldi Hits Radio Times Cover

In this week’s Radio Times, Steven Moffat recalls writing The Day of the Doctor, revealing it was the most “difficult” and “terrifying” thing he has ever written and reveals why he chose Peter Capaldi to be the new Doctor.

Writer and executive producer Steven Moffat reveals:

When you choose a Doctor, you want somebody who is utterly compelling, attractive in a very odd way. None of the Doctors are conventionally attractive, but they’re all arresting. Handsome men don’t quite suit. Matt Smith’s a young, good-looking bloke from one angle but is actually the strangest looking man from another. You need that oddity; you need somebody who is carved out of solid star, really. Doctor Who is a whopping great star vehicle, despite the fact it changes star every so often.


The Day of the Doctor is one of the nominees for this year’s Radio Times Audience Award at the British Academy Television Awards 2014 – the only BAFTA award open to public vote. Voting is open until 12pm Thursday 15 May, the winner will be announced on Sunday 18 May.

The new issue of Radio Times also includes 16-page guide to the Bafta TV Awards 2014 featuring David Attenborough, Dominic West, Rory Kinnear, Helen George, Laura Carmichael, Natalie Dormer and much, MUCH more…

Read the full Doctor Who feature in the new issue of Radio Times, on sale Tuesday 13th May 2014!

(Thanks to Radio Times)


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

2 Responses to New Doctor Who Star Peter Capaldi Hits Radio Times Cover

  1. man, maybe there is something I don’t understand here, but it seems limke they cna’t stop promoting Mister Capaldi? To my suspicious scorpio rising mind, there’ something Whoovy in Whoville.

    ;) I cannot WAIT for the new season.

  2. avatar DonnaM says:

    I’m hoping they’re promoting him because he’s sticking around for a good while! Everything Moffat seems to be saying is pretty much exactly what I’d be wanting to hear, but I hope he’s ready for the backlash from certain sections of society for suggesting Tennant and Smith in particular aren’t perfection in human form :-)

    For what it’s worth, I agree with him – whatever conventionally attractive is, the Doctor shouldn’t be it. He should be distinctive, and he should have presence. A chisel-jawed, smooth-faced Hollywood leading man type just wouldn’t cut it for me!

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