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?