We were all expecting a few changes when Doctor Who bosses announced last September that Peter Capaldi was to be Matt Smith’s successor, but now, show runner Steven Moffat has revealed that Capaldi’s Time Lord will carry the show through its biggest transition since 2005!
Fans of the hit BBC family sci-fi series will know that 2005 marked the rebirth of Doctor Who following its temporary retirement during the nineties, bringing the show forward into modern times.
Since then, we have seen three new Doctors take on the iconic role, each bringing something a little different to the party, and arguably none more so than Smith who, at the tender age of 26, was the youngest-ever actor appointed to the role.
So when Moffat finally revealed that Scottish The Thick Of It star Capaldi would be the next name entered in the Tardis logbook, we all knew that we were re-entering an old school era.
But according to Moffat, who is also co-creator of hit BBC sci-fi series Sherlock, it won’t just be his age that Capaldi will use to make a difference in the role, and according to the writer, he’s going to turn the whole show around.
Discussing the casting at the recent Hay Festival, Moffat explained: “We haven’t made much of change to Doctor Who since it came back in 2005. It’s been the same show.
“It’s maybe amped some things up and lowered some other things, but it’s basically the same.
“I just felt it needs to be a bit more different now. It’s needs to be surprising again!”
And while reiterating that he believes Capaldi will be a truly memorable Doctor, Moffat added: “We’d have found somebody great and people would’ve liked him, but the show would’ve just become that little bit more ordinary.”
Doctor Who is due to return to our BBC screens this August – Watch the first official teaser trailer for it in the clip below: