Steven Moffat on plans to end Doctor Who after David Tennant

News Louisa Mellor 27 May 2014 - 12:01

Steven Moffat has told the Hay Festival that the BBC considered ending Doctor Who after David Tennant left the show...

Speaking at this year's Hay Literary Festival, Steven Moffat has admitted that he didn’t realise how many people at the BBC thought a Tennant-less Doctor Who "wouldn’t succeed at all. That was quite terrifying when I found out about it later."

He explained, "David owned that role in a spectacular way, gave it an all-new cheeky sexy performance and became a national treasure. And he didn’t do it instantly, he did it over time. So the idea that Doctor Who could go on at all in the absence of David was a huge question. I think there were plans maybe to consider ending it. It was Russell T. Davies saying, 'you are not allowed to end it'.” 

As a statement, Moffat's words couldn't be much more couched in uncertainty. Plans, consider, maybe... it's hardly confirmation that the show was destined for the chop. It makes a better story of course, to ignore the ambiguity and take Moffat's assurance that the BBC were gunning for Doctor Who before its stalwart champion Davies pulled it back from the brink. It'd certainly make for a dramatic scene in any future making-of-new-Who docudrama.

A Matt Smith-free Doctor Who though? It doesn't even bear thinking about...

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