Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi have been waiting to turn Doctor Who into a superhero movie all of their lives. Now they finally have their chance.
Moffat has created a Superman-esque hero – played by Orphan Black‘s Justin Chatwin – to go toe-to-toe with the Time Lord in this year’s festive special ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio‘, a clever play on Doctor Who‘s Spanish title translation.
At New York Comic-Con over the weekend, both Moffat and Capaldi drew parallels between ‘Doctor Mysterio’ and the Superman lore – most significantly the classic 1978 film starring Christopher Reeve.
“I was obsessed with superheroes when I was a kid,” Moffat told fans. “Mainly, what I liked was Superman. And mainly what I liked about Superman was Clark Kent.
“Clark Kent is awesome. He’s amazing. He goes around pretending he’s not a god and not revealing to the woman he loves that he is the man she’s in love with for her own protection. It’s the best love story ever told. I love that. It’s a love triangle with two people in it.
“And I’ve always wanted to write that story. I’ve always loved Clark Kent. Clark Kent is the best hero ever. Every hero since then has been dispensable… apart from Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes!”