What is it? That tangible, otherworldly quality that separates us mere mortals from the kind of beings that can carry off the mantle of the Doctor?
Is it an affectation? A stern, unswerving moral fortitude? An outsider’s perspective? A cocksure attitude?
Well, ask Steven Moffat – who, while speaking to IGN at last week’s BAFTA Game Awards, where he presented Naughty Dog with the gong for Best Story for The Last of Us – just what is it that makes Peter Capaldi one of these select few and he’ll tell you it has something to do with his postcode:
“Scottishness. I think that’s the main thing. I mean watching him, and I just watched episode two actually, you don’t go around thinking this is an older bloke as The Doctor, particularly. But then I don’t know if I ever thought Matt Smith was young?
Inhabiting the role of the Doctor also means that occasionally, those very same qualities that make you the perfect representative of the downtrodden, will almost certainly have you declaring in no uncertain terms that we’re all doomed. And if you crave verisimilitude in annihilation, what better accent than a Scottish one?
You just think my god, he’s Scottish! And doomed dialogue doesn’t half sound great in Scottish. You say the world’s about to end in a Scottish accent, and you really believe it!
Well, it worked for Private Frazer.