Doctor Who is currently on its eighth series, tenth year, fourth Doctor and 105th episode since 2005, but Steven Moffat has revealed that the show came close to being cancelled after the departure of David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor back in 2009 due to Tennant’s huge popularity.
Moffat said at the Hay on Wye Festival:
“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 didn’t realise how many people thought it wouldn’t succeed at all. That was quite terrifying when I found out about it later. I think there were plans maybe to consider ending it. It was Russell T Davies saying, you are not allowed to end it.”
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[Source: Doctor Who TV]