Doctor Who Showrunner Steven Moffat has been getting chatty about the tone of the new series of Doctor Who…
Speaking with SFX, he said: “It feels more serious. One of the watchwords we have this year is there are consequences for choosing to live like this. It’s not a fairytale. If you have people back home, if you run away it’s going to have an effect on them. And it’s not necessarily always going to be lovely. And does the Doctor make you better? We want to make it feel that these adventures can hurt…”
As for the new Doctor, Moffat wants us to expect change: “He’s not as immediately approachable and he’s not necessarily looking for your approval. I would like to restore the sense that when he says ‘Wait here, I’ll be back’ you really hope he’ll be back, but you’re not absolutely convinced… What he’s not doing is reassuring you very much.”
And Clara, at least initially, wo’t be the same to him that she was to the last Doctor: “She’s landed with a Doctor who barely registers that she’s a girl. They’re great friends and all that but she has to be his human interface with everybody else.”
Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Saturday 23 August.
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