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'I Didn't Think They Were Right': Doctor Who's Steven Moffat Admits He Previously Dismissed Peter Capaldi To Play The Time Lord

The last time Steven had to choose

After months of speculation, the identity of the 12th Doctor Who was revealed last night with actor Peter Capaldi taking on the role of the iconic Time Lord.

Whilst Steven Moffat was beaming with pride and happiness over last night's announcement, the writer admitted that he previously dismissed the idea of Peter playing the role of Doctor Who the last time that he had to choose an actor.

Speaking during the special half an hour show that was broadcast on BBC One last night at 7pm, Steven recalled the time when he was approached with Peter's name but chose Matt Smith to play the 11th Doctor instead.

He said: "With all parts like the Doctor or James Bond or Sherlock Holmes there comes a right time for the right person to play it.

"Oddly enough this person (Capaldi) briefly went through my mind the last time and I didn’t think they were right. This time… that moment has arrived."

The writer also admitted to the Radio Times that the shortlist for the next Doctor was very short. He said: "(He came on the radar) a fair amount of time ago. I happened to know he's a big fan.

"There's something very seductive about an utterly brilliant, arresting looking leading man actor – one of the most talented actors in Britain – who you happen to know is a big fan of the show."

"You start to think 'maybe we should so something about that'", Steven who only recently remarked that the new Doctor hadn't been found, said.

Meanwhile, celebrities took to their Twitter pages to tweet about the new Doctor with long standing fan Stephen Fry using the social networking site to post: "Well, at least they’ve chosen a wonderful actor… #DrWho" whilst former Companion Karen Gillan was more than happy with Peter, who she starred with in 2008 Doctor Who episode The Fires of Pompeii: "CAPALDI! Superb choice. Swear I've seen him in Pompeii..." 

Sherlock star and Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss added to the gushing messages: "Thrilling, moving, beyond exciting. Cometh the hour, cometh the man! Peter Capaldi is the PERFECT choice. Welcome, Doctor!"

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