Steven Moffat has shared a behind-the-scenes image from his tenure as Doctor Who boss, marking 10 years since Peter Capaldi filmed his first full scene as the Twelfth Doctor.


The former Thick of It star inherited the role from Matt Smith, making a dramatic cameo in 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor and a brief appearance at the end of Smith's final story The Time of the Doctor, before kicking off his own era with Deep Breacaoaldith – an episode set in Victorian London.

The image (seen below) is taken from the set of the latter episode, with Moffat noting that this was Capaldi's first full scene as the Twelfth Doctor.

The prolific screenwriter expressed his shock at how time flies, captioning the Instagram photo: "Somehow this is ten years ago."

A photo from the set of Doctor Who on Peter Capaldi's first day as The Doctor, with a battered TARDIS grounded in the dirt
A photo from Peter Capaldi's first day as the Twelfth Doctor. Steven Moffat/Instagram

Current showrunner Russell T Davies, who returned from a long absence for the recent 60th anniversary specials and subsequent Fifteenth Doctor adventures, commented: "That set!!"

More like this

The elaborate creation sees a rather beaten-up TARDIS on the muddy banks of the River Thames, where the Twelfth Doctor and companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) would soon encounter the creepy Half-Face Man.

Moffat and Capaldi would ultimately bow out of Doctor Who together in the 2017 episode Twice Upon a Time, which ended with the Twelfth Doctor regenerating into the Thirteenth (Jodie Whittaker), whose stories would be handled by Chris Chibnall.

Doctor Who was recently named the second most-viewed scripted programme to air over Christmas in the UK, coming in just behind fellow BBC drama Call the Midwife with a seven-day consolidated figure of 7.4 million.

It's a promising start to Davies's bold reinvention of the long-running show, which now stars Sex Education alum Ncuti Gatwa and former Coronation Street favourite Millie Gibson in the lead roles. Season 14 arrives in May.

Doctor Who is available to stream on BBC iPlayer. Check out more of our Sci-Fi coverage or visit our TV Guide and Streaming Guide to find out what's on.


Try Radio Times magazine today and get 10 issues for only £10 – subscribe now. For more from the biggest stars in TV, listen to The Radio Times Podcast.