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Not pictured: David Tennant crying

Steven Moffat has said that Peter Capaldi using his native Scottish accent in the role will only enhance his Doctor.

Speaking to IGN about what Peter Capaldi has in store for us: “Scottishness. I think that’s the main thing,” he said.

“I mean watching him, and I just watched episode two actually, you don’t go around thinking this is an older bloke as the Doctor, particularly. But then I don’t know if I ever thought Matt Smith was young? You just think my god, he’s Scottish!”

He adds: “Doomed dialogue doesn’t half sound great in Scottish. You say the world’s about to end in a Scottish accent, and you really believe it!”

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Seaborn W Deadman
Seaborn W Deadman

Is Moffat admitting he knows his screenwriting will potentially be doomed but he's hoping Capaldi will make crappy writing sound great anyway? :P Jk love the Moff.

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

Not pictured: David tennant crying

Haha dwtv

DW_girl
DW_girl

I'm so glad Capaldi's keeping his scottish accent! It'll bring a nice change; plus, I love the scottish accent!

TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

'Not pictured: David Tennant crying'. 

DWTV, you crack me up XD


MarlonJBonnici
MarlonJBonnici

Reminds me of that Al Murray sketch when he talks about the description of Hell in various accents. Hell described in a Scottish accent being the worst one of all haha

JFrance
JFrance

It is a shame that David Tennant didn't use his Scottish accent because in Broadchurch he sounded good with his accent.        

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

I can't help reading Steven Moffat talking about "doomed" in a Scottish accent without thinking of Dad's Army.

DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

I hope the Scottish Accent dosent ruined it. I know MacCoy had it and that was fine so there's hope.

Polyphase
Polyphase

After reading that all I can visualise is Billy Connolly

Joe17
Joe17

"Not pictured: David Tennant crying" Ha! You're as bad as Moffat!

CapaldiSmithTennantDrWho
CapaldiSmithTennantDrWho

Yeah, all you gotta do to get into the scottish accent is say "there's been a murder" cause chances are there probably has been... got that from jimmy carr hehehe 

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

Capaldi delivers great 'doomed dialogue' as a W.H.O. Doctor in World War Z. I can imagine as the Doctor something like: "The Daleks have established a new universal empire, nothing can stop them. They will conquer all of time and space and I'm powerless to stop them. This is the end Clara, there is nothing we can do.... actually you know what, those stupid f******g Daleks can go and f**k off and leave me the f**k alone, I've had enough of them. Oh, are we still rolling..."


AztecsDaleksAndCavemen
AztecsDaleksAndCavemen

Steven Moffat "I just watched episode two" - like he's just received the series 8 box set pre-order from Amazon or something.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

McCoy's dialogue always brought extra depth to his portrayal of the Doctor, especially when he talked doom dialogue (which seems to come up a lot in his era). Hopefully Capaldi will be similar.

I don't really see this whole accent business as a big deal. So what if he's Scottish? I don't care.

MarkyBunny
MarkyBunny

Maybe lots of planets have a Scotland

KarenBee
KarenBee

Re: the caption. I seem to recall that Tennant was not fussed about having to use an estuary accent for the part as he was used to changing accents for various parts. We are getting desperate for news if ever utterance from Messrs Moffat and Gatiss warrants a headline story.

It is heartening though that both gents have so clearly fallen in love already with Capaldi's take on the doctor but no need to reflect dismissively on previous docs. Was I alone in not liking Mr Moffat's offhand comments about the previous two doctors being young and acting like a boyfriend with Capaldi having more gravitas. Surely each take on the doctor is equally valid and indeed it was Mr Moffat who cast Matt and wrote his doctor that way. Personally, both 10 and 11 had elements of gravitas, particularly 10.

Anyway, hopefully we will get more news 'with gravitas' about Who's return!

Adric the Genius
Adric the Genius

I liked the old Received Pronunciation or 'BBC English' accent.  There aren't enough well spoken people in television anymore.  However, I liked McCoy's accent, so I suppose I should be fine with Capaldi's.

shyx111
shyx111

I can't wait to hear why the Doctor sounds Scottish this time :P (I hope the cause is related to Amy in some way). So far, in the new Series, the pronunciation I liked the most is Matt's, but I really love to hear the Scottish accent so probably I'm going to have a new favourite.

Huknar
Huknar

Just don't be too heavy an accident, it's frustrating when you miss a word because it was too heavily hidden due to one.

MattE81
MattE81

@Deus_Ex_Machina I always loved the line McCoy got in 'Remembrance', which wouldn't have sounded nearly as good without his accent:

Doctor: Dalek hunting is a terminal passtime.

Ace: So what are we doing?

Doctor: Dalek hunting...

TheOncomingSnow
TheOncomingSnow

@KarenBee  Re: the caption. I seem to recall that Tennant was not fussed about having to use an estuary accent for the part as he was used to changing accents for various parts. ...Seriously? The entire point is that it's a joke.


'Was I alone in not liking Mr Moffat's offhand comments about the previous two doctors being young and acting like a boyfriend with Capaldi having more gravitas. Surely each take on the doctor is equally valid and indeed it was Mr Moffat who cast Matt and wrote his doctor that way. 

Ummm...this is what he actually said 'The last two Doctors have been brilliant, and have been your ‘good boyfriend’ Doctors.' He never said anything about Capaldi having more gravitas, just that he'd be a different type of Doctor. 












DWTV
DWTV moderator

Thankfully, the caption is just a joke.


SimonPettersen
SimonPettersen

@shyx111  The Seventh Doctor was Scottish, why shouldn't this one? There's no rule for or against it :P

Lewis94
Lewis94

He sounded like Tennant when he said Kidneys haha

Huknar
Huknar

Accent* Grah, bring back editing please!

TheDreamer
TheDreamer

Exactly. And he only meant that sometimes the Doctor is your good boyfriend Doctor, but he is not always like that. I can't recall the quote... something about another end of the spectrum where he is dark and dangerous and difficult... etc... I'm on my mobile so I can't look it up, sorry.

DWTV
DWTV moderator

In fact the community deleted your comments because a number of people flagged them.


The Finn
The Finn

@Huknar  You can edit, just as long as you do it in the first five minutes.

The Living Angel
The Living Angel

@Hubert Davenport  Well I would never have even thought of saying something so awful. But I will go along with your game for a minute. If! I had a daughter she could marry whomever she wished regardless of gender,race or religion.

Leslaeus
Leslaeus

@Timothy Claypole I think what is meant is that a lot of people with regional accents, certainly in the modern world, do not make as much effort to speak well as their counterparts did in the past. If you listen to regional accents of even fourty years ago, they are very different to those of today. 




The Living Angel
The Living Angel

@Timothy Claypole  now your putting words in my mouth, i don't hate anyone, I just don't like the sound of the accent. I'm sorry if that offends you, but that doesnt make it racist. Please don't throw around accusations unless you know the person.