As of right now, there are already some episodes of “Doctor Who” season 8 that have been filmed, and thanks to that, the producers on the show have gotten a little bit of an opportunity to really see what Peter Capaldi brings to the table. Is this an actor who can take this show back to the promised land yet again? Some viewers argued that it left there through much of 2013, and while we don’t necessarily agree with that notion, it certainly doesn’t hurt to go for mass appeal.
Steven Moffat apparently somehow found enough time to attend the BAFTA Game Awards recently, and speaking to IGN, the showrunner explained with a laugh one aspect of Capaldi’s version of the Doctor that makes him stand out against the tapestry of Matt Smith, David Tennant, and the others: His heritage:
“Scottishness. I think that’s the main thing … I mean watching him, and I just watched episode two actually, you don’t go around thinking this is an older bloke as The Doctor, particularly. But then I don’t know if I ever thought Matt Smith was young?
“You just think my god, he’s Scottish! And doomed dialogue doesn’t half sound great in Scottish. You say the world’s about to end in a Scottish accent, and you really believe it!”
Details surrounding most of Capaldi’s run as the character are for the tie being scarce, and for good reason. Given that the new season does not start airing on the BBC until the fall, there is no need to have a major sense of urgency yet. What we know for now is that there will be at least one new villain entering the fray, and that he will be joined yet again by Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman).
For now, just sit back and enjoy the anticipation … and if you are particularly inclined, head over here to sign up for our CarterMatt Newsletter, and get some other news and updates via email.