Capaldi’s Doctor To Lighten Up On “Who”

Filming is continuing at present on the ninth season of “Doctor Who” which also marks the second time around for leading man Peter Capaldi.

The show’s producer/head writer Steven Moffat spoke with the official magazine for the franchise (via DW News) and says that Capaldi’s rather angry and moody Doctor from last year will relax a bit for the next season:

“We’re not bringing him back exactly as we left him, at all, I think that was already evident at Christmas. He’s left some of the burden of being a superhero of the universe behind. So I’m pushing him – I’m writing quite funny this year – I’m pushing him the other way.”

Moffat also revealed (via The BBC) that co-star Jenna-Louise Coleman was originally slated to be written out in the eighth season finale “Death in Heaven”:

“That was her last episode. Then she asked me if she could be in [the] Christmas [episode]. So I said, ‘OK, I’ll write you out in Christmas.’ She came to the read through and did the ‘write out’ version – and again changed her mind. But the truth is I never wanted her to go. And with Last Christmas, I’d already written the alternative version where she stayed, and I preferred that version. Frankly, I didn’t want to lose her. She’s an amazing actress, and she never stops working to make Clara better. I was very happy to go the extra mile to make sure we could keep her.”

The new season of “Doctor Who” is slated to premiere in the early Fall.