In a recent interview with Nerd³, Steven Moffat discusses the casting of Peter Capaldi as The Doctor and his previous roles in the Doctor Who universe.
Moffat hints that Capaldi’s roles as Caecilius in the Doctor Who episode “Fires of Pompeii” (season 4, Epsiode 2), and as John Frobisher in Torchwood are going to play a part in the show now that Capaldi is The Doctor.
For all of you out there that are already rolling your eyes at what sounds to be another of Moffat’s long, complicated plot-twist-filled story lines, here is the best part:
This was originally Russel T. Davies’ idea.
Moffat tells in the interview, “We are aware that Peter Capaldi’s played a big old part in Doctor Who and Torchwood before and we are not going to ignore the fact. I remember Russell [T Davies] told me that he had a big old plan as to why there were two Peter Capaldis in the Who universe: one in Pompeii and one in Torchwood. When I cast Peter and Russell got in touch to say how pleased he was, I said, ‘Okay, what was your theory and does it still work?” and he said, ‘Yes it does. Here it is…’”
The speculation is already flying from your brain before you’ve even finished reading that. To make it even better, Moffat teases a little more to what he could mean.
He added, about the Doctor, “The face is not set from birth. It’s not like he was always going to be one day Peter Capaldi. We know that’s the case because in ‘The War Games’ he has a choice of faces. So we know it’s not set; so where does he get those faces from? They can’t just be randomly generated because they’ve got lines, they’ve aged. When he turns into Peter, he’ll actually have lines on his face. So where did that face come from?”
Could it mean that the Doctor regenerates into the appearance of a man that he’s met before or that exists elsewhere in the Universe? Could there be some wibbly-wobbly time-wimey stuff involved that gives The Doctor an aged face? The possibilities are nearly limitless!
Give us your thoughts, opinions, and speculations in the comments! What do you think the story will be? How do you feel about a (technically) Russel T. Davies plot being in the show again? If you wish, you can watch the full Nerd³ interview below.