Moffat Says The Day Of The Doctor Starts Chapter Two Of DOCTOR WHO: Plus New Character Pics
Doctor Who showrunner and head writer Steven Moffat has given us one big, juicy hint as to what’s going to happen in the 50th anniversary special, The Day of The Doctor. Moffat has said a few times that the special episode will change the course of Doctor Who history forever, but such statements are always met with skepticism by fans (especially comic book fans). Well in a new quote released from his SFX interview, it sounds like this will indeed be a big change for the series.
Moffat says, essentially, that everything that came before The Day of The Doctor is chapter 1 and what the special sets up will shake things up so much it will start an entirely new chapter for the show (via DoctorWhoTV.UK):
We’ve got to set the Doctor off in a brand new direction. It’s chapter two of his life. Now something happens to him that changes the way he thinks and the way he will adventure from now on. You can celebrate an anniversary in many ways – I think the most productive one within the narrative is to say “This is where the story really starts. This is where he finds his mission, he finds his destiny.”
We’re not fibbing – this one is going to change the course of the series. And it’s very rare in Doctor Who that the story happens to the Doctor. It happens to people around him, and he helps out – he’s the hero figure who rides in and saves everybody from the story of the week. He is not the story of the week. In this, he is the story of the week. This is the day of the Doctor. This is his most important day. His most important moment. This is the one he’ll remember, whereas I often think the Doctor wanders back to his TARDIS and forgets all about it.
It won’t all be heavy drama and emotional gut punches, there will be some lightheartedness and humor, as is the Doctor Who way. Moffat says seeing David Tennant‘s Doctor interact with Matt Smith‘s Doctor becomes a fun two-man (or rather one-man since they’re playing the same person) act (via SFX):
I wrote [their interactions] as the friction version [rather than friendship]. When you’re talking to yourself there are no limitations, there’s no holding back. You wouldn’t be kind or courteous. At the same time, because they are two lovable, madcap, caffeinated Doctors, they’re also quite fanboyish about each other. They think it’s quite cool. They’re not broody, upset Doctors – it’s more “There’s two of us! Brilliant!” But that’s mostly in the playing, because they were having such a good time together that they brought that out. They get giggly with each other. It is, by lovely accident, a tremendous double-act.They’re naturally funny together. Enough alike and enough dissimilar. Matt said it was like Laurel and Laurel, as if Hardy didn’t show up – except he does in the form of John Hurt!
We’re slightly over a month away from the special’s debut and there are still theatrical release details to be revealed. We’re all waiting impatiently, but comments like Moffat is making makes it that much harder. To help tide us over, the official Doctor Who tumblr page have released several new images and two character pictures of David Tennant and John Hurt. What do you think about Moffat‘s comments?
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