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More updates on new series of Doctor Who from Stephen Moffat

August 5th, 2014 by Marc Comments

With new Who only a couple of weeks away, show runner Stephen Moffat has a few interesting new points he’d like to disclose before everyone gets ready for Capaldi in the Blue Box.

So far, the new series has been a mix of standalone and multi-episode stories, Moffat tells EW that this season it’s mostly single episodes all the way: “Yes [there are over-arching plotlines], but at the same time 90 percent of every episode is a stand-alone adventure. We’ve got quite a lot of Earth stuff this time. But it is a proper variety, and I think i’ll not tell you what’s going to be on the roller coaster in advance.”

Interestingly, he also says that Peter Capaldi’s appearance in Both Torchwood and Doctor Who in the past will be addressed: “Truthfully I don’t think it’s something you have to resolve because audiences do understand that the same actor can play different parts. When Peter Capaldi turned up in Torchwood Russell said he had a plan in his head on why he looked like the guy in The Fires of Pompeii. So I emailed him and said what was the explanation and does it fit with the new Doctor? And it sort of does. So in a very low-key way we’ll address it. It won’t be a major deal because in the end people know the real reason is he’s played by the same actor. What’s really worrying me is Karen Gillan in The Fires of Pompeii. That’s just inexplicable 0 I’m going to get to that eventually.”

On the overall tone of the series, he says it’s very different this year: “It’s amazing how different it feels. It’s darker. The limits feel like they’re being pushed more in terms of the danger and the dread. It’s scarier, that’s for sure. A producer once told me this is the hardest job because you’re creating characters and telling stories while always on the run. But Steven’s changed the format quite a lot. We have much longer scenes now.”

So there you go, standalone eps, darker tone and a reference to why Capaldi has already been in the show. What more could you want?

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….