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Peter Capaldi is shopping for his Doctor Who outfit right now, according to Steven Moffat.

Asked when Capaldi would be heading to the shops, Steven Moffat revealed: “I think actually right now – I think literally right now.”

“He was texting me ‘I’m out with [the wardrobe stylist] at the moment, it’s going quite well’ and some descriptions of clothes I did not understand. If it’s not a suit…”

Moffat explained he would be taking a hands-off approach to tracking down the appropriate costume for his new leading man after failing to spot the potential of a bow tie for Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor.

Moffat said: “I’ll just let them get on with it and it’ll be ‘yes’ or ‘no’ a the end.”.

“Matt said ‘I should be a boffin, I think I need to go with the bow tie’ and I said ‘No, absolutely not, you’re not wearing a bow tie – that’s a cartoon idea of what Doctor Who is… Oh, you are going to wear a bow tie – you look incredible in it.”

“And from that moment on he suddenly came to life, and he put the tweed jacket on and suddenly he’s leaping round the room with a Biro pen and that was it – he was the Doctor.”

Is it possible Capaldi will have as much influence on the Twelfth Doctor’s attire? "He likes his clothes," said Moffat, "he’s got very strong opinions about clothes, he’s very dashing."

Steven Moffat was speaking at a Radio Times-sponsored event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Peter Capaldi will make his debut appearance at the end of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special - Christmas day on BBC One.

The Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci has admitted that he would “love” to write an episode of Doctor Who.

In an interview with What’s on TV?, Iannucci said: “I’d love to write [an episode]. Steven Moffat hasn’t asked me, but it would be great because I love sci-fi and I grew up with Doctor Who as well.”

Iannucci added that he was “so pleased” when Peter Capaldi had been cast as the Twelfth Doctor, calling the actor “a massive fan”.

"I think some people will be surprised because he’s a fantastic actor," he continued.

"He’s really funny, so I imagine there’ll be lots of humour there, but he can also be powerful and tragic."

Peter Capaldi will make his first appearance as the Twelfth Doctor in this year’s Christmas special, which begins filming on Sunday (8th September).

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