"It’s Nearly Time" by our graphic designer Aaron Gittoes.
"It’s Nearly Time" by our graphic designer Aaron Gittoes.
Steven Moffat has said Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is an “old beast” who will “snarl at you”.
In an interview with Flicks and the City, Moffat said: “He’s a genius. He is a genius actor. That’s not even controversial to say. He’s got a great love of the part.”
“The moment you think of Peter Capaldi and that face in the TARDIS, that works and everybody gets that. He’s going to give us a whole new kind of Doctor.”
“We’ve got used to two brilliant iterations of the younger, more popular Doctor and they have both been superlative, but now it’s time for the old beast to snarl at you for a bit!”
He added: “Sometimes you see that a bit in Matt Smith’s Doctor. He will remind the people around him, ‘I’m not really like this.’ But I think Peter’s Doctor will make that even clearer.”
Peter Capaldi will make his debut appearance in Doctor Who in this year’s Christmas Special, ‘The Time of the Doctor’, airing on Christmas Day on BBC One.
Steven Moffat has revealed he always planned to feature Peter Capaldi in The Day of the Doctor.
"It was the plan from the start - all the Doctors… all the Doctors will fly in to save Gallifrey and change the timeline."
"That meant we should have the new one. I knew there was going to be a new one, so I wrote it not knowing who would be doing that [scene]."
"We did manage to cast somebody where you can use less than half his face, for less than a second and everybody knows who it is!"
"It’s just another treat - I was just trying to throw treats at the screen!"
Doctor Who returns on Christmas day (25 December) on BBC One.
Peter Capaldi is “not playing an old Doctor, he’s just got an older face”, according to Steven Moffat.
In an interview with the Radio Times, Moffat said: "There’s a lot of talk about ‘kids will not understand an older Doctor.’ Let’s just get a couple of nonsenses out of the way. One: how many young Santa Clauses have you seen?"
"And two: do you think to an 8 year old that Matt Smith looks young? I was a school teacher at the age of 24, which is even younger than the lovely Mr Smith, and they all thought I was ancient."
"I think the Doctor’s apparent age is a total red herring. He can be anything from 70 to 20-odd – his behaviour does not alter."
"Matt Smith by no means strikes me as the youngest Doctor based on his performance – he’s emphasised the boffiny, slightly old-fashioned quality of the man."
He added: "It doesn’t make any difference to the Doctor how he looks. Being well over a thousand years old, they all look quite young to him as faces – it doesn’t mean anything."
"Peter is not here to play an older Doctor, he’s here to play the Doctor. I’ve seen his first scene and he’s not playing an old Doctor, he’s just got an older face."
Peter Capaldi will make his first appearance as the 12th Doctor in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special - Christmas day on BBC One.
Steven Moffat has described Peter Capaldi as “an incredibly skilled, fine actor”.
In an interview with Broadcastnow, Moffat said: "Peter’s already a bit of a national treasure. As most people have realised, the moment you think of him in the part, you find it hard to think of anyone else."
"Every time I was at a TV do and Peter was there, he’d come over to talk about Doctor Who and he was the first to congratulate Matt. I started thinking - what if that genius actor might actually say ‘yes’?"
Moffat also acknowledged that the change in lead actor might prove difficult for younger fans, recalling his "horrified" reaction when Jon Pertwee replaced Patrick Troughton in 1970.
"I sympathise with the kids who’ve grown up with Matt Smith," he said. "It’s like when you move home and your mum and dad say, ‘You’ll make new friends’."
"I always resented the intruder but then after a while, I forgot there had been one before him."
Peter Capaldi will debut as the 12th Doctor in the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas special - Christmas day on BBC One.
Doctor Who - fan made Twelfth Doctor title sequence, by BPFWhovian.
Karen Gillan has said that Peter Capaldi will take Doctor Who in a “cool direction”.
In an inteview with the Press Association, Gillan said: "It’s weird that [Matt Smith is] leaving, because to me he is the Doctor and he always will be. But I’m biased, I guess!”
"I think Peter Capaldi is an amazing choice and a really cool direction to take the character - he’s older, he’s different to Matt and he’s Scottish!"
She added: "A lot of people associate him with Malcolm Tucker who’s very grumpy, but that could work for the Doctor."
Peter Capaldi will debut as the 12th Doctor in this year’s Christmas special - Christmas day on BBC One.
Steven Moffat has spoken about Matt Smith’s regeneration into Peter Capaldi.
In issue 466 of Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat said: “Pretty soon [Peter Capaldi] will arrive and he’ll be whisked off to begin the trip of a lifetime, probably wondering what it will be like, where it will take him, and how long it will last.”
“And about then, Matt Smith will be standing in his TARDIS for the very last time, with his eyes on the studio door – because about to step through is a Scottish actor, dressed as him.”
In another interview, Moffat spoke about Capaldi’s first scene after the regeneration.
He said: “It’s utterly bonkers! He still thinks he’s Matt Smith, but he looks like he’s Peter Capaldi. He’s adjusting to who he is. It’s a transitional phase.”
Peter Capaldi will debut as the Twelfth Doctor in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special - Christmas day on BBC One.
Ben Daniels has admitted he was asked if he would be interested in becoming the Twelfth Doctor.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Daniels admitted that "it was more than rumour."
He said: "I was approached and asked if it was something I’d be interested in doing. Apparently, usually when it’s announced that the [old] Doctor is leaving, the new Doctor’s already firmly in place. But a BBC email had apparently been leaked, talking about Matt Smith’s departure or something, so they had to announce it officially much sooner than they’d have liked."
"I don’t know whether my name was also on that email as was stated in lots of those rumours, but I was one of the names on one of their many lists they had as a possible replacement."
"So I was asked, and when I eventually managed to peel myself off the ceiling, I said, ‘Yeah, of course it’d be something I’d be interested in doing,’ and I was hugely excited by it."
"I can’t wait to see what Peter Capaldi does. He’s brilliant - such an amazing actor and it’ll be completely unique and I’m looking forward, hugely, to his Doctor."
"I knew from the outset, from that initial conversation, that they wanted to cast someone older and I just think it’s so great to shake it up. The Who fans are just so incredibly passionate about that show, which I absolutely love. They’re really vocal. The debates they all have about who it should be and why it should be… but I think Peter Capaldi will just be fantastic."
Peter Capaldi will debut as the Twelfth Doctor in the Doctor Who Christmas special - Christmas day on BBC One.