Now that we all know that the 12th Doctor Who is in fact The Thick Of It star Peter Capaldi, show runner Steven Moffat has revealed some hints about the new Time Lord’s character, including that the actor will use his own Scottish accent for the role!
Teasing fans in the latest issue of Doctor Who magazine, Moffat revealed that he is almost certain that Capaldi, whose The Thick Of It character Malcolm Tucker was a strong Scottish presence also, will keep his accent (but loose the blue language we expect!)
He also revealed that so far the new Doctor’s wardrobe has only been briefly discussed, but that Capaldi will be playing the part as an older and fiercer tricky Time Lord, and that the decision to revert back to an older Doctor following two younger actors was a conscious one made to switch the shows balance back.
According to the writer Clara, the Doctor’s companion played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, will develop a crush on the new Time Lord, but that he manages to put her off him, explaining:
“Just as Clara’s learning to have a proper old crush on him, suddenly he’s Malcolm Tucker!”
He also believes that watching Clara trying to get her head around the new Doctor will be fun to watch, adding:
”I think the fun story will be – and we have the opportunity here – is this is what regeneration can do to you. He can be very, very different.
“People really love Jenna, so we make the Doctor quite difficult…”
In conclusion Moffat, who recently revealed that Capaldi was the only person who they wanted for the role, compared the next regeneration to that of previous Doctor Tom baker, explaining:
“He’s really quite difficult to take at the beginning, and you’re very grateful that Sarah and the Brigadier are there to reassure you.”
Doctor Who returns to our BBC screens this November with the much-anticipated 50th anniversary episode staring current Time Lord Matt Smith and his predecessor David Tennant, then again at Christmas which will see Capaldi’s debut.
Watch Smith and Tennant discussing the 50th anniversary episode in the clip below: