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Doctor Who's Moffat on Capaldi: 'We didn't tell him he was only choice'

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Steven Moffat has spoken about Peter Capaldi's audition for Doctor Who.

Moffat claimed in August that Capaldi was the only actor who auditioned to replace Matt Smith.

Peter Capaldi ~~ Official BBC 'Doctor Who' portrait by Rankin

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Peter Capaldi portrait by Rankin


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"He's a huge fan of Doctor Who, so we asked and he was incredibly excited to come and audition," the showrunner explained.

"We didn't tell him that he was the only person auditioning because that would be oddly pressuring."

Moffat went on to describe Capaldi as "beloved" and "one of the best actors in the country".

"Nobody has a bad thing to say about him and that's not a minor issue when it comes to casting a Doctor," he said. "They've got to be lovely."

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At 55 years old, the Thick of It star is the second oldest actor to ever play the Doctor, though Moffat insisted that he was not specifically seeking to cast someone older in the role.

"It wasn't the reason I cast Peter," he affirmed. "But I do think if we'd cast another Doctor as young as Matt... I'm not sure what another one would have done. They'd have to have either been deliberately different, or just repeat him."

Doctor Who's festive special 'The Time of the Doctor' will air on Christmas Day (Wednesday December 25) at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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