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Steven Moffat talks Doctor Who Anniversary concerns & the future of the show

February 21st, 2013 by Marc Comments

Steven Moffat recorded an interview for last weekend’s Gallifrey One convention and the video is now online.

A wide range of topics are covered and he is clearly aware of the concerns lately. Here’s some choice quotes:

On the 50th anniversary:

“A lot of things are going on. Don’t believe the nonsense about one 60-minute film. That is complete nonsense!”

On 2013 Christmas Special:

“Of course there’s going to be a Christmas special. Santa will also visit your house. Yes, all is as it was.”

On the Ice Warriors:

“Mark Gatiss had been pitching the Ice Warriors for a while. I wasn’t tremendously persuaded. I thought they were maybe the default condition for what people thought of as rubbish Doctor Who monsters: things that moved very slowly and spoke in a way that meant you couldn’t hear a word they said. I thought maybe that was the definitive rubbish one. But then Mark came up with a couple of very clever ideas. It’s an absolute cracker of an episode.”

On whether the Master will come back:

“I think there’s a danger with giving the Doctor an arch enemy like that. It’s sort of limiting and a little bit cartoony. I thought Russell T Davies making him a complete lunatic was really, really brilliant. I did think he sort of ended that story. [Bringing him back] comes down to one thing: do you have a great idea or not? But it’s certainly not off the table.”

Moffat on arcs and Series 8:

“I’ve just started planning the next series and I’m going to swing [the arc] a slightly different way again.”

On Russell T Davies returning one day:

“I do keep asking him. Do you imagine I don’t! I get really resentful if I hear he’s written anything that’s even vaguely around the Doctor Who area, because I’m saying ‘bring it over here!’ He’s the best writer breathing in TV. I’d book a holiday. The offer is continually made, but i’m getting nowhere. I think he did his duty so he’s maybe wanting a nice long rest from being a writer.”

On Matt Smith’s future:

“[He’s staying] forever! For the rest of time.”

On bringing back the Zygons

“Who knows? Well I know…”

See the whole thing below:

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….