It looks like Osgood fans can give up the hope that she will be the Doctor’s next assistant after all.
At the end of this week’s episode it was made clear that Osgood would probably not be stepping into the TARDIS with the Doctor and now showrunner Steven Moffat has confirmed that the next companion will not be Ingrid Oliver’s Osgood, a fan favourite ever since she appeared in The Day of The Doctor in 2013.
Further more, he confirmed that another fan favourite, Faye Marsay’s Shona, from last Christmas’, em, Last Christmas’: “[Osgood is] a great character and we love her. But whether you really get a relaunch out of bringing someone on board the TARDIS who’s already been there, I don’t know. It did work very well with Catherine Tate [as Donna], but that’s not the direction we’re currently going in. I quite like where we’ve got Osgood at the moment.”
He added: “I think every time we get a new companion – even more so than a new Doctor – you are sort of saying, ‘This is the beginning. This is where it starts. You can join in here’.”
Mark Gatiss reckons a very different companion may be on the cards: “It would be very interesting if the Doctor had a male companion… but then it would be a very male show.”
In related news, we can breathe a sigh of relief as Moffat also responds to the rumours last week that the next series will be half as long: “We’re making a full series. I can confirm that. I’m making a full series of 12 episodes, plus a Christmas special. I don’t know when it goes out. That’s up to someone else. And even if I did know – which I genuinely don’t – I wouldn’t be allowed to say so as I have absolutely no say in it whatsoever.
“[But] it’s not being reduced in size. We’re not making fewer episodes. That’s all complete bunk. I can confirm that absolutely.”
The Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, has also confirmed that, as far as he knows, it’s a full order for next year: “That’s not what I’ve been told… that’s not what I’m contracted for.”