Steven Moffat on Doctor Who in 2012

News Simon Brew 24 Aug 2011 - 07:28
Steven Moffat

Remember those rumours that Doctor Who would be taking 2012 away from television screens? Steven Moffat has just put them to bed, once and for all…

With Doctor Who returning to our screens this Saturday with Let’s Kill Hitler, and with six more episodes (including the Christmas special, which we’ve heard some intriguing rumours about) due this year after that, it’s a busy time for Steven Moffat. As if there's ever such a thing as a not busy time for the man.

But, contrary to stories circulating earlier in the year, Doctor Who won’t be taking its foot off the gas anytime soon. It had been reported that there was a plan to just run a handful of specials in 2012, rather than a full series. But in an interview with The Daily Beast, Steven Moffat has, once more, put the record straight.

“First of all, we are airing in 2012,” he confirmed. “The only thing that’s happening is that we’re moving a bit later...There’s lots of reasons for that that will become clear quite soon...It is certainly not a reduced episode count.”

“Do you think the BBC would really let that happen? With an average audience of 10 million?”, he asked. “Doctor Who’s international profile is huge. It’s never been more successful. You’re not going to reduce a show like this. The opposite is going to happen, in fact.”

It’s a really good interview, one where Steven Moffat also touches very slightly on his and Matt Smith’s future with the show. Right now, neither appears to be going anywhere soon.

Here’s the interview in full.


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