Peter Capaldi’s Multiple Appearances In The Whoniverse To Be Explained By An Old Russell T Davies Idea

Posted by September 29, 2013 Comment

A half-hour interview with Steven Moffat was bound to yield a lot of interesting information, especially at this moment in Doctor Who‘s history. What might he say about the 50th? About the end of Matt Smith‘s era? About the incoming Doctor, Peter Capaldi? Would he even substantiate the rumours of missing episodes?

You might want to watch the whole video from Nerd Cubed below, but if you don’t have the time, let me pull out just a few tiny pieces of interest for you.

Fairly early on, Moffat goes from saying that nobody knows everything about Doctor Who, and even if they did know it all, it doesn’t all make sense together. There’s a patch or three, though, as he later lists the show’s big “continuity fixers” – The Silence, The Time War and the Reboot of the Universe.

Mentioning the impossibility of a whole-run box-set with every story ever made, Moffat acknowledges that there are episodes missing. Still. That’s as close as he gets to the so-called omnirumour.

There’s also some talk of how the sonic screwdriver has been handled to ensure it doesn’t derail the drama, though I’d argue it hasn’t always been successful.

And then, at sixteen minutes and ten seconds, conversation turns to Peter Capaldi and how he has played characters in the the Whoniverse before. Here’s what Moffat says:

We are aware that Peter Capaldi’s played a big old part in Doctor Who before and we’re not going to ignore the fact… and Torchwood. I’ll let you in on this. I remember Russell [T Davies] told me he had a big old plan as to why there were two Peter Capaldis in the Who universe, one in Pompei 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.” So I don’t know if we’ll get to it… we’ll play that one out over time. It’s actually quite neat.

The big fun question is, we know that the Doctor when he regenerates, the faces… it’s not set from birth, it’s not that 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 face and all that. 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 and they’ve aged. When he turns into Peter he’ll actually have lines on his face – sorry Peter – so where did that face come from?

Two ideas there, that will apparently be compatible. It doesn’t seem that Moffat is structuring his upcoming stories around either of them, mind you, but if he likes a keen and eager audience, he’d do well to follow through on at least the first idea here. We’re on the hook now, and he surely can’t leave it hanging so long that the fandom will just go smash down Russell T Davies’ front door?

Doctor Who returns on November 23rd for his 50th anniversary special. At Christmas, he gets the new, non-random face.

(Last Updated September 29, 2013 2:42 pm )

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