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Warning: the rest of the quote is quite spoilery.
Steven Moffat — speaking at a Radio Times-sponsored event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival — said of the Doctor, “He can only regenerate 12 times”, while simultaneously suggesting there has been a miscalculation of how many regenerations he has actually been through.
“I think you should go back to your DVDs and count correctly this time,” said Moffat, “there’s something you’ve all missed.”
What can it all mean? If we were attempting to explain how the Doctor might already have had more than his fair share of regenerations, we could do it. John Hurt’s newly introduced dark Doctor would presumably add one, making Peter Capaldi the 13th and final incarnation. If we then followed the argument that David Tennant’s tenth Doctor used up a whole dose of regenerative energy when he re-grew his lost hand almost immediately after having transformed from the ninth Doctor, that would give us an illegal 14 versions of the Doctor. Whether the new hand counts as a full regeneration is very much up for debate, of course, but either way these are both arguments for adding not subtracting regenerations.
On the other hand (pardon the pun), we didn’t witness Paul McGann regenerating into either John Hurt’s ninth(?) Doctor or Christopher Eccleston’s ninth/tenth Doctor. If somehow neither of those counted as regenerations we would have one fewer than we’d previously thought – Matt Smith would be the tenth Doctor and Peter Capaldi would be the 11th. But how could the Doctor have changed bodies without regenerating?
What is Steven Moffat suggesting? What have we missed?
One of the horrors of regeneration is that a certain amount of his persona alters entirely. - Steven Moffat
Doctor Who fans dying to know what comes next after Matt Smith and his bow tie, may be interested to hear that his successor Peter Capaldi is out looking at potential outfits for the 12th Doctor as we speak.
Asked earlier today when Capaldi would be heading to the shops, Doctor Who showrunner 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 11th Doctor.
“I’ll just let them get on with it.”
via Radio Times
Steven Moffat is to take part in an exciting late addition to this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival programme.
The Doctor Who showrunner and Sherlock co-creator will appear in conversation inSherlock, The Doctor and Me, a special session for Radio Times taking fans behind the scenes of the hotly anticipated Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, providing insights into the casting of Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi, and reflecting on the extraordinary success of his 21st-century Sherlock.
The hour-long session takes place at Cheltenham Town Hall at 3:45pm on Sunday 13 October. Tickets, priced at £10, can be purchased via the official Cheltenham Festival website from 12 noon on Sunday 6 October for members and Monday 7 for the general public.
… about Doctor Who, the morality of the TARDIS, and, everyone’s misconceptions of tumblr.
We are aware that Peter Capaldi’s played a big old part in Doctor Who and Torchwood before and we are not going to ignore the fact.
I remember Russell told me that he had a big old plan as to why there were two Peter Capaldi’s in the Who universe: one in Pompeii and one in Torchwood. When I cast Peter and Russell got in touch to say how pleased he was, I said, ‘Okay, what was your theory and does it still work?” and he said, ‘Yes it does. Here it is…’
We’ll play that one out over time. It’s actually quite neat.”
The face is not set from birth. It’s not like he was always going to be one day Peter Capaldi. We know that’s the case because in The War Games he has a choice of faces. So we know it’s not set, so where does he get those faces from? They can’t just be randomly generated because they’ve got lines. They’ve aged. When he turns into Peter he’ll actually have lines on his face. So where did that face come from?
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The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine ventures behind the scenes of Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, to interview showrunner Steven Moffat, presenter Zoë Ball and features an exclusive letter from Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi.
"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" says Steven Moffat, in an exclusive sneak-peek quote given to doctorwho.tv. "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…"
Of Peter Capaldi, Moffat goes on to say “He’s always looked like Doctor Who, how has this taken us so long?! 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!”
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Moffat in Surprise Edinburgh Improv Show Appearance
Steven Moffat is to appear in an improvised comedy show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
The Doctor Who showrunner will be a guest on Ad Lib at the Assembly Hall on August 21 2013, appearing alongside comedian and self-confessed fan of the series Frank Skinner.
Moffat has a background in comedy having scripted Joking Apart and Coupling, but an improvised show would be something of a departure.
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