‘Doctor Who’ Boss Steven Moffat Explains Choosing Peter Capaldi Over A Female Doctor
Yesterday news broke that ‘Doctor Who‘ had chosen 55 year-old Scottish actor Peter Capaldi to take the iconic Time Lord role from current star Matt Smith, putting to bed any notions that the long-running BBC series would shake things up by choosing a female star, or even a male of a different race. While ‘Doctor Who’ fans prepare for the changeover at Christmas 2013, showrunner Steven Moffat offers his own explanation for the choice not to introduce a female ‘Doctor Who.’
“It’s absolutely narratively possible [that the Doctor could be a woman],” Moffat told DigitalSpy of a possible 13th Doctor, despite the apparent regeneration limits of the character. “And when it’s the right decision, maybe we’ll do it. It didn’t feel right to me, right now. I didn’t feel enough people wanted it.”
To his credit, Moffat claims that the majority of fan desires he’d heard in casting the 12th Doctor were against radically shaking up the established history of the show, as “Oddly enough most people who said they were dead against it – and I know I’ll get into trouble for saying this – were women. [They were] saying, ‘No, no, don’t make him a woman!’”
Whether or not Moffat’s claims could prove accurate for the sum of ‘Doctor Who’ fandom, it’s been no secret that everyone from Dame Helen Mirren to John Barrowman to Matt Smith himself have expressed interest in the idea of a female Doctor, now subverted for the foreseeable future as Peter Capaldi begins his reign in late 2013.
What say you, Whovians? Was Steven Moffat wrong to forgo a female ‘Doctor Who?’ What do you thing of Peter Capaldi’s casting in the role? Tell us what you want for the future of the franchise in the comments!