Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat makes new comments on the new Doctor, stating “he won’t be the man he was a minute ago”


peter-capaldi-doctor-who-magazineSteven Moffat is finally speaking more on the announcement that Peter Capaldi will pick up the T.A.R.D.I.S. as Doctor Who’s twelfth Doctor! The news came last month with a star-studded live announcement show streamed around the world, which saw Capaldi walking into a studio audience filled with Whovians, all giving the actor a standing ovation.

Steven Moffat spoke during the live show, but has been relatively mum in the press ever since. Recently, the showrunner sat down with the editors of the Doctor Who Magazine to discuss his decision to cast Capaldi as the Doctor, and what it means for a man (the Doctor) who currently appears so young and so old at the same.

“The Doctor’s always said he’s thousands of years old, and suddenly he’s going to look closer to what we know he secretly is. He’s going to look like an older man. A fiercer man. He won’t be the dashing young man he was a minute ago, and I think that’ll be rather exciting…

He’s always looked like Doctor Who, how has this taken us so long?! Because the moment you say his name, you go ‘Of course!’ Because he’s got the hair, and he’s got the look, he’s brilliant, he’s known to be a fan, of course it’s bloody him!”

The comments are encouraging to hear from Moffat, who clearly has a vision for a much different Doctor once Matt Smith departs the TARDIS on Christmas!

Also in the upcoming issue is an exclusive letter from Peter Capaldi himself!

Issue 464 of Doctor Who Magazine is set to hit news stands on August 22nd!


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