Moffat explains why Peter Capaldi’s Time Lord is a “kick-up-the-arse Doctor”

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Jan 10, 2014, 10:40 AM EST (Updated)

Now that Peter Capaldi's the new Mad Man in the Big Blue Box on Doctor Who, showrunner Steven Moffat thinks it’s finally time for a “kick-up-the-arse Doctor.”

Moffat explained, in the new Doctor Who Magazine, that he felt it was time to shake the show a bit (hooray!) and bring a more "dangerous and difficult" Doctor to the TARDIS -- in the shape, of course, of Peter Capaldi's Twelve.

“There would be little point in making as radical a change as we’ve made unless you’re going to go quite different with the Doctor. The last two Doctors have been brilliant, and have been your ‘good boyfriend’ Doctors. But the Doctor isn’t always like that. There is the sort of Tom Baker, Christopher Eccleston end of the spectrum, where he is mad and dangerous and difficult.”

He also adds:

“If we’d cast Ben Whishaw [who was often touted as a possible next Doctor each time the role was up for grabs], you’d know what we were doing. You’d think, ‘Well, that’s another quirky young man with entertaining hair!’ And he’d be a brilliant Doctor, but Clara would just think, ‘Okay, you’ve rearranged yourself a bit…’”
“I think it was time for the show to flip around a bit. The new version of the show is quite old now. It’s very old… We need the kick-up-the-arse Doctor, in a way, to frighten you and make you think, oh, it’s a different show again.”

How do you like Steven Moffat’s decision to flip Doctor Who on its head with the casting of Peter Capaldi? Are you guys excited about the prospect of having a “dangerous and difficult” Doctor traveling through time and space? Do you also think this the right direction for the sci-fi series in the wake of its 50th anniversary?

(via Doctor Who TV)