“In the case of Matt Smith as the Doctor, I’d be very, very adamant that we have an older Doctor — that he’d be in his 40s — I wasn’t going to have any young Doctors on my watch. And on the very, very first day — the very, very first day — he was the third one through the door. His audition was so perfect, any fool would have cast him. It was dead easy. And I remember asking, ‘What age is he?’ And he was 26, and instantly the perfect Doctor because he does do that thing of combining the old man and a young man. He looks like a young man assembled by old men from memory.” — Steven Moffat
This whole interview was fantastic, but this is my favorite bit. Particularly that last line because it is an incredibly astute observation. It’s just so… so… very… true.