An extensive video interview with Steven Moffat was screened at the Gallifrey One convention this weekend. It’s a very interesting clip, and you can watch the whole thirteen minutes or so at the foot of this story.
But first, let’s talk about some of Moffat’s opening comments.
It’s very very busy. Doctor Who, the 50th is approaching and there’s various different things, a lot of different things going on. Don’t believe the nonsense about one sixty minute film, that’s complete nonsense.
It’s nonsense to say that the only program marking the anniversary will be one 60 minute special, because that’s not true. There’s also Mark Gatiss’ special An Adventure in Space and Time. But after that?
Well, there’s a lot of retrospectives, talking head shows and other tie-ins. There might well even be a handful of these prequels and mini-sequels that Moffat has been producing. I would personally be surprised if we don’t see some classic episodes come out of the archives.
But there aren’t going to be any more new episodes of the show proper. Not until Christmas.
It’s going to go like this: season seven part two, or season eight as it really is, will return on Easter weekend. It will run for eight episodes.
Then there will be a break. And then there will be the one anniversary special episode, in 3D. That will also screen in cinemas. It’s expected to be around sixty minutes in length, but it may be longer. Slightly.
And then at Christmas, the next special.
And that’s really it until December 25th. I trust the two sources who have backed this up for me implicitly.
The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who is going to make quite an impact on the BBC schedules, there’s no doubt of that, but it’s not going to do it with a multi-episode run of the show proper.
And that’s fine, of course. We don’t have a god given right to be delivered Who in elephant doses.
The show’s anniversary is going to go off in fine style. I believe the promises. I’m curious, and I wish I could find out more about what’s going on, but I’m also happy to have surprises to look forward to.
I just know that none of these surprises will be unexpected, unannounced episodes of the show.