Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary on the air. Over the past decade, the show has become a popular series worldwide, bringing together fans of different ages, from different countries. The show is certifiably a success, and Moffat recently revealed that he is pleased by the success, and in talks to keep Doctor Who on the air for some time to come! Here’s what the writer and showrunner has to say.
I thought it would last ten years. I didn’t think it would last ten years with BBC Worldwide trying to get me in a room to talk about their plan for the next five years!
Moffat was speaking to Doctor Who Magazine regarding the BBC show’s success when he made the bold statement that Doctor Who is ready and rearing to go for at least five more years. He followed that up with an even more definitive statement.
It’s going to do a minimum of 15. I mean, it could do 26!
So, it looks like Doctor Who fans will have plenty of additional episodes to engage with over the next several years, at the very least. Moffat and co. aren’t going anywhere for quite some time.
Doctor Who wrapped up its eighth season in November, in a crazy two-part episode that gave us the long-awaited identity of Missy and threw a few more curveballs at audiences. Soon after the finale, Season 9 and the return of Peter Capaldi were confirmed. In the time since, we’ve gotten a Christmas special and word on companion Clara’s fate, along with confirmation that a few new and familiar faces will be returning next season.
While Doctor Who typically has its ups and downs in terms of storylines from week to week, it’s nice to hear Moffat explain that the BBC is committed to more episodes for some time to come. However, Steven Moffat is also aware of the tough stuff that comes with producing new episodes of Doctor Who for the masses.
That’s not to say its easy. It’s not easy to find new people. It’s not easy to find new Doctors. That could be the danger – that you start to think that it’s easy. There’s nothing easy about doing Doctor Who.
It may not be easy, but apparently it’s worthwhile. You can check out new episodes of Doctor Who when Season 9 (or Season 35, depending on preference) hits the schedule next fall.