It has been nearly two months now since Peter Capaldi was revealed as the Twelfth Doctor, but still it seems like the hype about who should be the next Doctor has not died down yet. In an interview with Nerd Cubed
, Steven Moffat was asked about casting a female Doctor, stating that "it is not about the gender."
"I think the problem with this whole argument is that everybody says "a woman"," Moffat explained. "You don't ever cast "a man" as the Doctor. You cast a particular man."
"One day, I am reasonably confident, somebody in this (showrunner) role, whether it's me or someone else, will say not, "Let's cast a woman", they'll say, "That person, that's the one who could be the Doctor"."
To drive his point home entirely, he added that "I think the vast majority of men in the world would be terrible at playing the Doctor. So you're not casting a man, you're not casting a gender, you're just casting someone that you think will set the role on fire."
It seems like Capaldi is just the man for the job! He might not be a woman, but he is one of the very few people on this planet who could actually play the Doctor, or at least for as far as Moffat is concerned.
Either way, Capaldi will have some very big shoes to fill when his moment comes in the Christmas special this year, but until then, the stage is still reserved for Matt Smith, who will be returning to BBC One for the 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor" on Saturday the 23rd of November!
For more insights into the mind of Doctor Who's most loved and hated showrunner, have a look at the full interview below!