In the new issue of Britain’s Radio Times, on sale today, DOCTOR WHO show-runner Steven Moffat talks about writing the 50th anniversary story, “The Day of the Doctor” (which is nominated for a BAFTA) but more importantly he chats about casting Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor.
In the interview, Moffat says:
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. And so it really is built around the abilities, the charm, the magnetism of a succession of different actors. I’ve cast Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi and John Hurt, but the truth is, they all cast themselves – the easiest thing to spot in the world is sheer brilliance.
“I always thought Matt, while a very young man, had something of the demeanor of a much older man, whereas Peter is a man in his 50s but is terribly boyish and young at times.
I know quite a few people who would argue with Mr. Moffat about the attractiveness of the various Doctors – at least when it comes to David Tennant – but his central point is valid: You do want a Doctor who is visually arresting!