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Moffat: Handsome Actors don’t suit the Doctor

tennant-tenth-sjaSteven Moffat has said that none of the actors to take on the role of the Doctor are “conventionally attractive” and that is part of the appeal.

In a Radio Times interview explaining Peter Capaldi’s casting, Moffat said: “When you choose a Doctor, you want somebody who is utterly compelling, attractive in a very odd way. None of the Doctors are conventionally attractive, but they’re all arresting. Handsome men don’t quite suit. Matt Smith’s a young, good-looking bloke from one angle but is actually the strangest looking man from another. You need that oddity; you need somebody who is carved out of solid star, really.”

Moffat adds that Capaldi was chosen because “there is something about [his] demeanour, his eyes, his attitude – he’s tremendously bright and that comes out on screen.”

Comparing Smith and Capaldi, he says: “I always thought Matt, while a very young man, had something of the demeanour of a much older man, whereas Peter is a man in his 50s but is terribly boyish and young at times.

“I like the Doctors to have mixed messages about what age they are – you can’t really pin them down. The Doctors are all the same Doctor really, at the end of the day, but you can slide the faders up and down. And to emphasise the senior consultant over the medical student for once reminds people that he’s actually a terrifying old beast. Typically, Matt’s method would do that, too: occasionally just turn cold and you’d think, ‘You’re not really a puppy are you?’ Just like Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will sometimes remind me he’s a big kid at heart.“

In addition, Moffat said the time for flirting is over. This Doctor “goes back to being the trickier version of the Doctor, the fiercer alien wanderer”.

“He’s not a human being, however much he larks around pretending he is. He is different and it’s time to stop play-acting. He’s not apologising, he’s not flirting with you – that’s over.”

radio-times-may-2014

The Radio Times is out today.

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TimothyFosseen
TimothyFosseen

There was a little bit of flirting between #4 and Sarah Jane Smith.  You could tell there was more there than just travelling companions.  They had feelings for each other, but never really talked about it.

Maiden_Ty_One
Maiden_Ty_One

An end to the firting. Good. I can't be the only one who's gotten sick of that. It's so cheap and easy as a plot device, and something they never, ever did in the original show. It was nice for a while for something new, but it's ALL they've done since they revived it, I'm glad it's gonna stop.

Whovian
Whovian

Matt Smith- not handsome??!!


calliarcale
calliarcale

Well, to each their own.  I think we've had some extremely handsome Doctors.  ;-)

Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

I don't mind flirting and I am sorry River isn't coming back, maybe he could look up old companions I would love to see Romana. I think Peter is cute

Beasts_a_Snarling
Beasts_a_Snarling

Great! Back to real character developement! Time to go outside the plastic flirting and delve into the darkness of the Time Lord's soul!

RichardTyler
RichardTyler

It has been said that the fifth doctor and the eighth doctor were normal handsome by society standard gentlemen. An athlete in his cricket attire and a proper turn of the century gentleman. I don't see then any differently because of their appearance. They are the doctor respectively. Each to his own personality. Each with his own quirks and style. Different and yet so much the doctor in every way. I can't wait for Capaldi to wow me again. With every new dawn comes a new day and with every new day darkness falls. A little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll...

stargazer0118
stargazer0118

Says the one that called Ten "pretty boy." 

 LOL ;)

Oodkind is foretold...
Oodkind is foretold...

In general, it's best to ignore what Moffat says. People get all worked up over it, but it really isn't big news. Nothing you couldn't think of yourself. 

The flirting is gone? Well, without River coming back, and Clara looking so much younger than him now, there isn't really anyone to flirt with without looking creepy. Unless Jack comes back, but that's another story.

babbitdukes
babbitdukes

Glad the flirting is over in the Tardis let's back to basics , but excuse me while I laugh Moffat's comment about the actors not being handsome well I drool everytime I see Peter Capaldi he is gorgeous and Yes I should know better, I'm 47 not exactly a youngster but it just hit, after they announced him, talk about the icing on the cake I'm going to enjoy the next few years.

12 jammy dodgers
12 jammy dodgers

Didn't mind the flirting, but face it, it would be very awkward if Capaldi's Doctor flirted with Clara. Anyway, hope he still flirts with the Tardis.

YaelMoise supports the nuking of space-spiders
YaelMoise supports the nuking of space-spiders

I'm excited about Capaldi... I LIKE Capaldi... and I like that they're taking things in a fresh direction. I just really hope that they know what they're doing and that they're going the Tom Baker / Chris Eccleston way, rather than the Colin Baker way. Because 6th was pretty "I'm here! I'm not human! Get used to it!" too, and that didn't really work out for anyone.

JFrance
JFrance

Sounds like Peter Capaldi is going to be breath of fresh air to Doctor who which is great.

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

Sounds like Steven Moffat might have made 12 too Terminator but it's too early to say yet considering series 8 episode 1 hasn't even aired.  Doesn't sound promising to me in terms of  characterization,though.

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

"He’s not apologising, he’s not flirting with you – that’s over."


This just felt so epic. It's no longer a time travel show about a young man travelling space and time, snogging pretty girls. It's the story of a man travelling space and time with his companion. Just like it started. :D

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

I'm fairly skeptical that Moffat will stop the  flirting. It's in every episode he's written and I don't think he can help it it's just the way he writes.( RTD also said  something like this in in The Writer's Tale).

Besides I don't really care it's usually funny when he's not overdoing it (Tasha Lem immediatly springs to mind)

gunslinger19
gunslinger19

with the exception of madame de pompadour, i have disliked it pretty much every time that the doctor has fallen in love. having said this, i am not opposed to the idea of him falling in love, in fact i think it would be wrong for him not to, but i genuinely find it hasnt been done very well. River was bearable, if a little annoying, but Rose was just plain awful imo. i dont think, as many do, that the doctor is asexual, and i do think that he has had serious romantic off screen relations in the classic era. strangely enough, had the doctor fallen for martha or Amy, i think i wouldve loved it. the people he falls for just tend to be my least favorite characters. im actually hoping that 12/Clara do fall in love with each other, as there were clearly romanitc feelings between 11/clara and i dont care what anyone says its in the dialogue. it would seem strange for that to be forgotten. and i think that Clara's mystery did intrigue the doctor which could lead to a love interest. also, it would be abold statement about how age doesnt matter and age gaps do exist in relationships in the real world. why should Who be different? 

Djornad
Djornad

The flirting is over?! WELL IT'S ABOUT TIME. Thank goodness for that.




brodgers123
brodgers123

" None of the Doctors are conventionally attractive,"

BULL****. I pretty sure he's admitted that Tennant and McGann were handsome Doctors.

TheLostDoctor
TheLostDoctor

I hope he is not another comedy Doctor though. need a more darker doctor with slightly more scary, dark and memorable stories which can be funny at times but are mostly scary and dark....

Gallade Zero
Gallade Zero

My excitement for Peter Capaldi's Doctor just intensified. HURRY UP, SUMMER/AUTUMN!

Antee991166
Antee991166

Very glad we're getting rid of the flirting, at least for a while. Also agree with him that none of The Doctor's have been the normal type of attractive. Even Tennant who is often cited as the best looking Doctor was as skinny as a pencil.

OncomingStorm in a Brownoat with a stake
OncomingStorm in a Brownoat with a stake

I'm glad we're done with the whole flirting/romance thing now, at least for a while. Not that I don't think it works in the right context (Ten/Rose), but I reckon it's time for a break.

Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown

They still shouldn't have played up the flirting angle between the Doctor and Clara, though - all of the sexual stuff regarding the Doctor felt horribly out of place with the less shallow/flirty Eleventh Doctor, whose relationship with River at least had some substance, no matter how much they messed up the eventual reveals. 

SteviePenny
SteviePenny

Sounds as though Capaldi will be my favourite Doctor. The description of his portrayal sounds perfect! He's exactly what we need.

Lemonhead118
Lemonhead118

Good to hear. Also good to see some new series promotion - we're getting closer and closer now 

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

Why do I get the feeling that Moffat absolutely understands the character of the doctor.

ClaireAbraham
ClaireAbraham

@Whovian He's oddly striking. There's a subtle difference, but it's not a bad thing.

tealeaves
tealeaves

@Beasts_a_Snarling Surely the show has already been doing this for at least the last 8 years: Nine's guilt and rage over his involvement in the Time War, Ten's feelings of responsibility for the his damaging impact on the lives of his companions, Ten's brief moment as the Timelord Victorious and raging against his inevitable fate, Eleven's existential crisis about what he has become and mission to erase himself from the universe, Eleven's crisis over how he can be merciful AND ensure justice, the whole 50th anniversary about the Doctor's feelings about his part in the genocide of millions of children.

As RTD said recently the romance and the flirting makes a tiny percentage of the overall show which has been exploring the 'Darkness of the Time Lord's soul' for years. The flirting is just something the press like to jump on. e.g. Who will Matt Smith snog next?  

tealeaves
tealeaves

@Oodkind  I think Nine struck the right balance on the flirtation front. He was in his 40s so only 10 years younger than Capaldi. But he still had the odd moment of romance with the Forest of Cheem and the talk of 'dancing' with Rose and Jack, but it never felt creepy.

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

@Oodkind  You'd think people would have learned after Moffat said something like "Of course we're going to reveal his name.  It's right in the title." before The Name of the Doctor aired and the Doctor's name was not revealed.

Liana21
Liana21

Depending what's your idea of convetionally. One of my first crushes, Gedeon Burkhard, has a similar chin form as Matt's, so, for me, Matt is convetionally handsome, because the big, remarkable chins have been part of my good lookiness rules since practically the beginning of my fangirl life.

brodgers123
brodgers123

@yoshfiction @brodgers123 What are you talking about? If you don't think David Tennant is/was conventionally attractive either there's something wrong with your eyesight or you have a seriously twisted view of what is generally considered to be easy on the eyes.

mikechen97
mikechen97

When Paul McGann showed up in Night Of The Doctor, the first thing my wife said was "God, he hasn't aged. He's still really good looking!"


Rani Nose
Rani Nose

@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @Rani Nose @Oodkind  Your memory is much better than mine!     


I think this was the quote from Moffat that I was misremembering: "It’s full of surprises and questions that have never been answered in the history of Who, including the Doctors greatest secret. We’re not pretending, we’re not kidding, it’s actually going to happen.  The episode is called The Name of the Doctor and involves our hero in a conflict that is very, very personal to him.  Usually he’s saving other people, but this time he might be the one who needs to be saved."  



 

Still, the larger point that Oodkind made and that I was agreeing with, that it is best not to get too worked up over every little thing Moffat says, still stands.