'Doctor Who' Showrunner Explains Why Peter Capaldi Was Cast

Peter Capaldi, Doctor WhoIt's been several weeks since it was announced that Scottish actor Peter Capaldi ('The Thick of It,' 'The Hour') will be playing the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor in the BBC's long-running sci-fi series 'Doctor Who.' Fan reaction to the announcement has been incredibly positive, and most have begun to look toward this year's Christmas special -- which will see the departure of current Doctor Matt Smith and the debut of Capaldi's Doctor -- as less of a sad event and more of an exciting one.

But for those who still have some doubts as to Capaldi's abilties, Steven Moffat is here to clear things up. The 'Doctor Who' showrunner explained to 'Doctor Who Magazine' (in an issue available Thursday) just why Capaldi got the coveted role. 

In an snippet given to, Moffat explained his decision: "The Doctor's always said he’s thousands of years old, and suddenly he’s going to look closer to what we know he secretly is. He’s going to look like an older man. A fiercer man. He won’t be the dashing young man he was a minute ago, and I think that’ll be rather exciting…"

Moffat's referencing the fact that, at 55 years old, Capaldi is the oldest actor to portray the Doctor since the first, William Hartnell, in 1963 (Hartnell was also 55). 

"He’s always looked like Doctor Who, how has this taken us so long?!" Moffat continued. "Because the moment you say his name, you go ‘Of course!’ Because he’s got the hair, and he’s got the look, he’s brilliant, he’s known to be a fan, of course it’s bloody him!"

The issue of 'Doctor Who Magazine,' which will also contain a message from Capaldi to the show's fanbase, will hit newsstands Thursday. 

'Doctor Who' will return for its 50th anniversary special Saturday, Nov. 23 worldwide. 

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Written by: mcpherson
Aug 20th, 2013, 1:36 pm

Images courtesy of Doctor Who Magazine

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