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Steven Moffat confirms who WON’T be the next companion in Doctor Who and also a full series for 2016

November 8th, 2015 by Marc Comments

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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.”

Source: Cultbox & RadioTimes

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….