Monday, 16 November 2015

Doctor Who Festival: Steven Moffat speaks about the 12th Doctor's Face

 

During this weekends Doctor Who Festival, Steven Moffat gave us a little more insight into just exactly why the 12th Doctor looks like not only Roman Caecilius, seen in 2008's Fires of Pompeii, but Torchwood's John Frobisher. According to the The Girl Who Waited, the Doctor chose the face of Caecilius to remind him that he should aways try to save people, no matter what the consequences, but we were still left wondering...what about his civil servant Frobrisher?

We now have an answer - thanks to a solution devised by ex-showrunner Russell T Davies: at the  Doctor Who Festival, Moffat explained that, "When I first cast Peter Capaldi as the Doctor I remembered that Russell had said to me that he had a plan to account for the fact that Capaldi turns up in both Doctor Who and Torchwood in different parts. So I wrote to him to ask, 'look, what's the plan? And does it fit?' He said, 'yes! I've worked it out!'

"He said that it's about, as the Doctor says, asserting his right to save people. His plan was that in the Torchwood episode – which we couldn't really reference as it would have been difficult in that scene – is that the Doctor asserts himself over time by saving Capaldi's character in The Fires of Pompeii and time re-asserts itself by ending that bloodline in the Torchwood episode [when Frobisher is forced into suicide]. And the Doctor says, 'to hell with you time!' And takes that face and brings it back again. It's the Doctor's eternal battle with doom and destiny." 

"Remarkably there's a level of genetic throwback in that thousand years to make them identical!"

Doctor Who Series 9: Part 1, featuring The Woman Who Lived is available to buy on DVD and blu-ray at bbcstore.com
 
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