As excitement mounts over the new series of Doctor Who all eyes are on the new actor who has been cast to play him, and fans want to know what sort of Doctor he will be.
When it was first announced back in September last year that Scottish The Thick Of It star Peter Capaldi was to be the chosen one to replace 11th Timelord Matt Smith, we all knew that this would mean a change.
Matt Smith, the youngest ever actor to be cast in the iconic role of Doctor Who, had an overwhelming sense of humanity about him, not to mention a sizzling sex appeal and since Capaldi’s casting there has been much speculation over whether the spark between the Doctor and his assistant Clara would be continued with the 12th Time Lord, with many suggesting that the age gap between the two actors would make the prospect a bit ‘icky’.
But now show runner Steven Moffat has revealed that Capaldi most definitely will not be a flirty type of Doctor, and that we can expect to see less humanity in him too.
Discussing the new Doctor, who he describes as boyish, Moffat explained to The Radio Times:
“[Peter] goes back to being the trickier version of the Doctor, the fiercer alien wanderer. He’s not a human being, however much he larks around pretending he is.
“He is different and it’s time to stop play-acting. He’s not apologising, he’s not flirting with you – that’s over.”
But if you were worried that this new personality might create a dark shadow over the much-loved BBC family sci-fi series, fear not as Moffat then went on to insist that despite the striking differences between Smith and Capaldi, the actor will actually be more “playful” than Smith, whose interpretation of the infamous Doctor he described as being often “cold”, explaining to the publication:
“I always thought Matt, while a very young man, had something of the demeanour of a much older man, whereas Peter is a man in his 50s but is terribly boyish and young at times.”
Moffat continued that he liked to mix things up with regards to the age of the doctor, which is enhanced by the difference in age of all the actors who have played him, but that the point remains that they are all playing the same Doctor, with his fluctuating age range simply sliding: “ the faders up and down,” adding:
“And to emphasise the senior consultant over the medical student for once reminds people that he’s actually a terrifying old beast. Typically, Matt’s method would do that, too: occasionally just turn cold and you’d think, ‘You’re not really a puppy are you?’ Just like Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will sometimes remind me he’s a big kid at heart.“
Doctor Who is currently filming its eighth series in Cardiff and is expected to air on our BBC screens either late this summer or early this august, watch an interview with Steven Moffat discussing his decision to cast Capaldi in the clip below: