Doctor Who: Mark Gatiss talks Time Lords and Gallifrey

News Louisa Mellor
24 Mar 2014 - 09:25

Doctor Who and Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss has been chatting about Gallifrey...

Contains spoilers for The Day Of The Doctor.

After The Day Of The Doctor, the prospect of the Doctor's search for Gallifrey bobbed into view as a mission for the new series. Were he ever to return to his home planet, though, how would it affect Doctor Who?

On his BBC Worldwide tour of Brazil, Doctor Who and Sherlock's Mark Gatiss was asked what he thought about the idea of the Doctor returning to Gallifrey, and urged caution in his response: "Every time you go back to Gallifrey, it starts to make the Time Lords a bit too domesticated. I know that’s why Russell T Davies came up with the whole idea of the Doctor being the last one because eventually if you see them so often they become a bit like a bunch of MPs, whereas if you talk about them as this amazing, powerful force, they’re much more exciting."

Would Gatiss relish the prospect of writing an episode involving Gallifrey? “I don’t know if I would want to do one. I think the way the Time Lords were represented in The End of Time and The Day of the Doctor was very exciting because we’re seeing them in a crisis and they’re trying to come up with different ways of saving themselves. But I suppose if the Doctor ever does find Gallifrey again, then we might find out more. Who knows…”

What do we all think? Would a return to Gallifrey be a boon for Doctor Who?

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