Peter Capaldi has 'rescued' Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi, the 12th incarnation of Doctor Who, has rescued the popular sci-fi franchise, according to show boss Steven Moffat

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Steven Moffat at Doctor Who event in Cardiff

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Steven Moffat thinks Peter Capaldi has saved 'Doctor Who'.

The 56-year-old actor was cast as the 12th incarnation of the titular Time Lord earlier this year and showrunner Steven claims his quirkiness has saved the sci-fi series from becoming predictable.

He said: "A show dies when it's reliable like a pair of old slippers - if any reviewer says that about a show, that show is gone within a year.

"Shows die when people say: 'Oh, it's quite good. I quite like it.' And the 'new show' is old now, so this had to be a reinvention.

"This has been different and designed to make you go, 'I don't trust him yet, I don't know what he's like - what's he going to do next?' It's exciting and makes the show new again."

The 52-year-old writer and producer also claimed he's not worried whether people like Capaldi or not, as they're still tuning into the BBC One show.

According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, he explained: "If people say: 'I'm appalled by the new Doctor!' I say, 'Yeah, yeah, and you're watching it every week.'"

Steven also insisted viewing figures can be misleading, explaining: "Indisputably, without doubt, exactly the same number of people watch Doctor Who now as they ever did.

"There is no drop off in the ratings but the way people watch it has changed.

"They watch it on catch-up to a far higher degree. In the time I have been doing 'Doctor Who' the number of people who watch it on iPlayer has trebled."

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