As the 10th anniversary of Doctor Who‘s return to television grows nearer, the show’s lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat has responded to speculation that there may be a television special to mark the occasion.
Following a long absence from our screens, Doctor Who made a triumphant return in 2005 with lead stars Christopher Eccleston (Ninth Doctor) and Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) and Moffat’s predecessor Russell T Davies at the helm.
Speaking at yesterday’s Cardiff premiere of Series 8 opener Deep Breath, Moffat recalled his feelings on the programme’s return:
“It was Russell doing it in those days, and I was lucky enough to write a two parter. I was absolutely confident, because I wasn’t in the firing line. I read Russell’s first script, which was so brilliant, it was exactly right. It was perfectly faithful to the old show, and yet it was the new show, and I remember thinking this is going to be the biggest show on television. I told them they had nothing to worry about: easy for me to say, they just looked pale and terrified in the way I now look pale and terrified.”
The success of last year’s 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor has left fans eager for a similar celebration in 2015 to mark 10 years since the show’s television revival, but Moffat appears to have put those rumours to rest, although still leaving a glimmer of hope:
“We’ve only just done the 50th! After the huge fuss over 50 years of Doctor Who, I think it’s time to settle down and move forwards. So we’re not planning that…unless I’m lying.”
At the same event Moffat also shared his surprise at how much the show has grown in popularity over the past decade:
“Russell said ‘we could get 10 years out of this’. None of us could imagine that nearly ten years later it would be getting a bigger and bigger reaction every year. So that’s just phenomenal, absolutely amazing. It’s terrifying, but dear God I will miss these days when I’m back on BBC 28.”
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[Source: Radio Times]