Steven Moffat Promises A More ‘Dangerous’ DOCTOR WHO; Plus No More Split Seasons


doctor who bannerSeries 8 of Doctor Who has already begun filming, so hopefully we’ll be seeing what Peter Capaldi will be wearing for his incarnation of The Doctor. The episode currently being filmed is the opener written by showrunner Steven Moffat. It’s a Victorian romp that will bring back Jenny, Vastra, and Strax. As we all wait impatiently to see what Capaldi will be wearing and what direction the new season will take, Moffat has been out and about teasing what we can expect. In a recent interview with Doctor Who Magazine the showrunner talks a little more about what kind of man Capaldi’s Doctor will be. He also confirms that those dreadful season splits are over and done with.

capaldiMoffat reiterated to the magazine that with Capaldi coming aboard the TARDIS as the new Doctor, the show will undergo a pretty radical transformation from what we’re used to seeing. Part of that will be because Capaldi will be a harder edged Doctor with a bit of a bite to him. In his explanation Moffat also explains why casting Ben Whishaw (who was one of the frontrunners for the role on the internet at least) wouldn’t have let them change things up:

There would be little point in making as radical a change as we’ve made unless you’re going to go quite different with the Doctor. The last two Doctors have been brilliant, and have been your ‘good boyfriend’ Doctors. But the Doctor isn’t always like that. There is the sort of Tom Baker, Christopher Eccleston end of the spectrum, where he is mad and dangerous and difficult.
If we’d cast Ben Whishaw, you’d know what we were doing. You’d think, ‘Well, that’s another quirky young man with entertaining hair!’ And he’d be a brilliant Doctor, but Clara would just think, ‘Okay, you’ve rearranged yourself a bit…’ I think it was time for the show to flip around a bit. The new version of the show is quite old now. It’s very old… We need the kick-up-the-arse Doctor, in a way, to frighten you and make you think, oh, it’s a different show again.

In the same interview, much to the delight of fans, Moffat confirmed that there WOULD NOT be any more splits for at least the next two seasons. Says the showrunner, “We’re not going to do splits, and the same format will repeat exactly the following year like that. So it will be the traditional form.” Split seasons seem to be all the rage now, but very few shows feel like they actually have a point at which they could break and then come back weeks or even months later. Doctor Who fandom is also pretty rabid, so the waiting is always the hardest part. What do you think about Moffat’s new Doctor comments? Are you happy Doctor Who will be taking a break from split seasons?

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Source : DoctorWhoTV.Co.UK