Steven Moffat was in the enviable position of knowing who the new Doctor would be – it was his choice to cast Peter Capaldi after all – but that didn’t mean the speculation passed him by.
“If I hear people on the radio talking about Doctor Who, I perk up. When they were speculating about the new Doctor, I found myself getting drawn into the rumours even though I knew it was my job to cast him,” Moffat told Broadcast magazine.
“It is as great a job as my eight-year-old self thought it was – and as huge,” said the Who showrunner of his dream role, adding that the key to success is a combination of experience and the 'rawness' of the newcomer.
“On any series you start out raw, then you become an expert and you get slicker – but before it gets too polished, you’ve got to remember to keep enough rawness so you’re not just churning them out,” he said.