Capaldi’s Familiar Face Addressed in a Low-key Way
Steven Moffat has said Peter Capaldi’s past appearances in the Whoniverse will still be addressed in Series 8 but fans shouldn’t expect a major story point out of it.
Moffat reiterated that the theory Russell T Davies came up with while he was still showrunning will serve as the basis for the explanation.
Speaking at the LFCC he said: “Truthfully I don’t think it’s something you have to resolve because audiences do understand that the same actor can play different parts.
“When Peter Capaldi turned up in Torchwood Russell said he had a plan in his head on why he looked like the guy in The Fires of Pompeii. So I emailed him and said what was the explanation and does it fit with the new Doctor? And it sort of does.
“So in a very low-key way we’ll address it. It won’t be a major deal because in the end people know the real reason is he’s played by the same actor.
“What’s really worrying me is Karen Gillan in The Fires of Pompeii. That’s just inexplicable – I’m going to get to that eventually.”