Steven Moffat has been chatting to magazine Broadcast, and has revealed some new information about The Day of the Doctor, his choice for the Twelfth Doctor and the reason why the Comic Con trailer for the 50th anniversary was held back.
“A big episode is not the one where you say ‘it’s big’. A big episode can be anything that moves the plot along. My main thing was that as much as we celebrate the past, we can change the narrative. You can’t tell a story by being frightened about it.”
He also said that the 3D in The Day of the Doctor will give the ‘best ever entrance into the TARDIS’, and was ‘in his mind from the start’.
He then went on to talk about his casting of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, saying:
“We couldn’t have had another quirky young man because Matt had nailed the part. Peter’s already a bit of a national treasure, an incredibly skilled, fine actor. As most people have realised, the moment you think of him in the part, you find it hard to think of anyone else.”
“Every time I was at a TV do and Peter was there, he’d come over to talk about Doctor Who and he was the first to congratulate Matt. I started thinking: what if that genius actor might actually say ‘yes’?”
The trailer for The Day of the Doctor that was shown at San Diego Comic Con in July was infamously not released online, creating controversy among fans. Moffat defended the decision, saying:
“Comic Con has a history of screening exclusive material. I understand if people are feeling eager – but don’t you think it would have been a little bit early for everyone to see it? We were creating a buzz about it among the people who’d slept out all night for it.”
The full interview can be read in Broadcast magazine, out tomorrow. The interview (also containing comments from Mark Gatiss and producer Marcus Wilson) is only available for reading online with a Broadcast subscription.
[Source: Blogtor Who]