Standing in front of the stage where only minutes before Peter Capaldi had been revealed as the Twelfth Doctor, Moffat appeared amazingly relaxed considering the situation but also somewhat excited that he could finally talk about one of the most highly prized secrets of the year.
He revealed that Peter Capaldi was not a name he had expected to be thinking of following Matt Smith’s decision to give up the Tardis but one that he kept on coming back to. Moffat even consulted his Sherlock producing partner Mark Gatiss who affirmed his belief that Capaldi would have what it takes to step into television’s longest running science-fiction franchise.
Calling the man best known for his role as government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker “famously brilliant,” Moffat said he had everything that matters to take control of the TARDIS: “He’s got that look, he has those Doctor eyes.”
@DWMtweets: What will Peter Capaldi wear as the Doctor? “Clothes,” says Steven. “Anything else would be shocking.”
Moffat, who was visiting the U.S. to bring “Doctor Who” and his other show “Sherlock” to Comic-Con, spoke about the challenges posed by the impending transition between Matt Smith and the next Doctor. The new actor will star opposite Jenna Coleman’s character Clara, the Doctor’s traveling companion, as well as several other characters who already have been introduced.
With a familiar cast of characters and an established writing team, Moffat said, the new Doctor will be part of a “substantially different” landscape than the one outgoing star Smith faced when he landed the role.
Comic Con News: Mark Gatiss & David Bradley Talk Doctor Who
Mark Gatiss has been feverishly working on the Doctor Who special An Adventure in Space and Time. The story will dramatize the events surrounding the creation of the world’s longest running science fiction series.
It’s not been announced exactly when the story will air, but it’s been hinted that we’ll see it before the 50th anniversary episode. Showing how Doctor Who began would be an excellent way to put the 50th into perspective.
Gatiss wanted to tell the story of the creation of Doctor Who. He’d heard so many anecdotal stories, but he wanted to get to the facts and dramatize the story of how this show came to be. He’s always had an eye for historical detail as has been evidenced in his past Doctor Who stories, many of which take place in Earth’s past, so it’ll be exciting to see all the little details that will surely be in this special.
David Bradley, who will be playing William Hartnell in the special, tells how Hartnell was also a stickler for detail. Hartnell insisted on knowing what each control on the TARDIS console was supposed to do. He knew children were smart enough to catch if he pushed a different button to do the same thing in a different episode. The man respected the intelligence of his audience and even though they were children he knew never to underestimate them.
Also click here to see Steven Moffat’s interview!
Doctor Who Comic-Con 2013 Panel Highlights: MATT SMITH, JENNA COLEMAN, STEVEN MOFFAT & more!
Watch the highlights now and get all the scoop from stars MATT SMITH & JENNA COLEMAN, Executive Producer & Lead Writer STEVEN MOFFAT, producer MARCUS WILSON, writer MARK GATISS and “An Adventure in Space and Time” star DAVID BRADLEY.
Discover why STEVEN thinks The Doctor would be shocked to find out there’s a show about him, and what other Doctor Who characters MATT & JENNA would want to play.
Plus, find out MARK GATISS’s favorite memory from season 7, and whether they’ll ever shoot more episodes in America.
Steven Moffat on Firefly.
When asked who she’d want to play out of any characters on the show, Jenna replied that she’d like to play Straxx.
Moffat replied “you’re not tall enough”.
Something we meant to blog the other day.
Q: What are your favourite River Song moments? [x]
Doctor Who Panel - Comic Con 2013
Doctor Who - Conversation with the Cast & Creators - Nerd HQ SDCC ‘13 [x]
Matt meets a shy young Whovian named Sydney.
"i knew you were trouble when you walked in"
"now i’m lying on the cold hard ground…"