“Handsome men don’t quite suit” - Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat on how to choose a Time Lord
SCOTTISH writer Steven Moffat has admitted that when it comes to choosing Time Lords for Doctor Who, he likes someone who is attractive, but only in an 'odd way'.
The 52-year-old's words may not be well-received by former Time Lord Matt Smith and current one Peter Capaldi, but Moffat believes that handsome actors simply do not fit the bill.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Moffat revealed that one of the reasons why he picked Capaldi was that The Thick Of It star was odd-looking.
"There is something about Peter's demeanour, his eyes, his attitude - he's tremendously bright and that comes out on screen," he said.
"When you choose a Doctor, you want somebody who is utterly compelling, attractive in a very odd way. None of the Doctors are conventionally attractive, but they're all arresting. Handsome men don't quite suit."
He continued: "Matt Smith's a young, good-looking bloke from one angle but is actually the strangest looking man from another.
"You need that oddity; you need somebody who is carved out of solid star. I always thought Matt, while a very young man, had something of the demeanour of a much older man, whereas Peter is a man in his 50s but is terribly boyish and young at times.
"I like the Doctors to have mixed messages about what age they are - you can't really pin them down."
Moffat went on to say: "The Doctors are all the same Doctor really, at the end of the day, but you can slide the faders up and down....
"Typically, Matt's method would do that, too: occasionally just turn cold and you'd think, 'You're not really a puppy are you?' Just like Peter Capaldi's Doctor will sometimes remind me he's a big kid at heart."
Yesterday it was revealed that Cold Feet star Hermione Norris would be guest-starring in the upcoming series as well as Ben Miller, Tom Riley and Keeley Hawes, as the show heads for the sunshine of Lanzarote.
Speaking about the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who - which aired last year - Moffat admitted that writing it was "terrifying", and added: "I can remember sitting with my wife saying, 'I can't tell if it's good any more, it could be rubbish - I'll have to leave the country. I'll have to fake my own death.'"