Steven Moffat discussed the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, in his first full scene in the upcoming Christmas Special, The Time of the Doctor. Moffat told the press at at the official Doctor Who Celebration at London’s ExCel:
“We’ve only seen the tiniest moment – it’s just the beginning of a process. But of course, he’s brilliant and… he’s an extraordinarily vital and physical performer.”
“People keep talking about this ‘elderly’ Doctor that we’ve cast… he leaps around the place probably more than any other Doctor in that first scene,” said Moffat. “But that’s not how he’s going to play it – that’s just him in the post-regeneration madness. It’s something we’re still working on.”
It certainly didn’t sound like anyone was complaining when a resounding whoop of glee echoed in the cinema at the glimpse of the Twelfth Doctor in The Day of the Doctor screening in 3D. There was rather a lot of young’uns adding to the noise. Whovians are gearing up to adore their next Doctor.
“We’ve got used to two brilliant iterations of the younger, more popular Doctor and they have both been superlative,” said Moffat. “But now it’s time for the old beast to snarl at you for a bit!”
The title for the Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor, and the official artwork were released a few days ago. Eagle-eyed Whovians spotted some hidden images in the high resolution images, including a glimpse of the Twelfth.
I’m assuming Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor won’t be regenerating alone this time. Companion Clara should know a little of what to expect, having met two of his other incarnations.
“It is a proper finale to Matt Smith,” Moffat said. “It’s the story that we’ve been telling since he first put the bow tie on – that’s what we’re going to resolve.
“A lot of stuff we’ve left hanging we tie up there. And it’s Trenzalore!”