He’ll get the same job done, but he won’t beat around the bush at all; he’s straight to the point, he’s direct, he hasn’t got the patience of a human. He’s a lot fiercer, bolder, darker but he’s got this curiosity, this mad curiosity…He’ll keep pushing the line further and further into danger to try and satisfy his curiosity, to try and find things out.
More from Jenna about the new doctor and his insatiable curiosity (SciFi Now)
It immediately affects her in a very profound way. It throws the whole dynamic up in the air, and hopefully switches and changes it. She soon realises how much of a livewire this new guy is. She was feeling quite safe and secure, and really having a good time travelling with the Doctor, kind of falling in love with him, knowing where she stood and then this new guy pops up, who’s a bit of an adrenaline junkie, who doesn’t do what he’s told, who would leave her in the lurch a bit more. So it has changed things, and I think she very quickly realises that it’s very hard to keep this guy under control.
Jenna Coleman on what Clara has to deal with in the new series (SciFi Now)
It’s going to be really, really interesting to see what people think. I’ve absolutely loved watching what Peter has been doing with it and seeing how over the episodes together its growing and really come into its own. For me, he is very much…he’s the Doctor, and I think from day one you see he’s got such a clear handle on it.
He wanted to be quite stark. Stark and skinny. A stick-insect sort of thing. Clara actually calls him a grey-haired stick-insect at one point. We had some hilarious pictures of Peter just dressing up. It was all coming from him because he’s really into his clothes. I didn’t feel qualified to go and chat too much about it. Certainly the costume didn’t go anywhere until I shut up. The thing I’ve learned about showrunning is you need to know the bits you’re bad at!…I’ve got certain things that I’ll say – I don’t want anything in that costume that I have to write into the script. I don’t want people saying “But why are you dressed as a circus clown?” I want him to walk into a pub, a restaurant, a space conference, an army base and nobody stares at him…There was an issue simply because it’s quite dark as a costume and it’s a show that largely takes place in a tunnel. I kept saying “We are going to be able to see him, aren’t we?” I suppose the red lining helps, when the flaps are open…I think there’s always something a little bit formal about the Doctor. Oddly enough in this series, for whatever reason, he seems to be wearing different outfits far more often than the Doctor normally does. He’s got his basic outfit but he’s in a spacesuit in one of them, and he’s a caretaker in another one and then he’s all dressed up in a later episode. He does vary it a bit. And he mixes up the basic costume, hugely. We’ve tended to see the white shirt version in public but actually the one I like best is when he wears the jumper under his coat. I think he looks like a submarine commander, like an old sailor or something. It makes him all rugged and handsome!
Steven Moffat discussing the new Doctor’s costume in the new issue of SFX magazine. (X)
"All dressed up" in a later episode? Oh God please let it be a tux, please pleeease.
And Moffatt thinks Pcap’s rugged and handsome eh? Moffaldi? *barfs* No, there are some ships I will not go near, not with a ten foot bargepole.