Peter Capaldi has been anointed as the 12th incarnation of the Doctor — whether you like it or not!
I like it.
I like it a lot. In fact, I am overjoyed that Executive Producer Steven Moffat went with an older Doctor. I definitely appreciate a Time Lord with more gravitas. Not that Matt Smith was lacking at all — no one has ever played an old soul in a young body better than Matt — but going with a young actor again would have been a mistake, because continuing that trend would have brought the show dangerously close to a situation where saving the universe might conflict with the Doctor’s bedtime!
My own dream casting would have been Bill Nighy. Even though he was offered the part before and passed, I was secretly hoping he would change his mind. To me, he would have made a Doctor who was a blend of loveable and irascible!
So, the time has come — and the moment was prepared for. Peter Capaldi has been cast as the 12th incarnation of the Time Lord known only as the Doctor.
Soon after the wonderfully talented Capaldi was unveiled, Executive Producer Steven Moffat met with the press and shared some insights into the casting process and his creative decisions for the character. The most interesting fact, to me, was that there never really was any doubt about… who was going to be the next Doctor; Moffat had a list:
“The list went: ‘Peter Capaldi’ — it was a very short list! Honestly, there was only one audition this time… and it wasn’t an ‘audition’ so much as… he came ’round my house and we put him on video to see what he looked like as the Doctor —and, gosh, he was terribly good!”