Steven Moffat has spoken openly about the new series of Doctor Who, and it’s time for a Spring Clean apparently. The show begins filming this month, at present in a bloc of 6, although 12 episodes are planned, and a full series is promised uninterupted, with September and even Early October mentioned as a return date, and speculation of a Easter Special has also recently been muted.
Moffat said about another new change of direction to feature new Doctor Peter Capaldi and Companion Jenna Coleman:
“It changes all the time, and it’s keeping ahead of the audience in a way. All shows age and they all age sort of in the same way. You learn how to do it, you get really slick at it, and then you think you’re really, really slick at it and everyone’s started to yawn. And you think ‘oh God, we’re really slick at this but everyone knows what we’re going to do. So now we’ve got to actually get a bit raw at it and do it in a different direction. It happens on every show – you get good at it and ‘good at it’ is the enemy in the end.”
“If Russell had stayed on, [Doctor Who] would still have changed. I remember when we had our handover chat, he was saying, ‘so what are you going to do? Are you going to change that?’ And I said, ‘well, what would you change?’ and we both agreed, ‘it’s time to kick a lot of stuff out’. And, actually, it is time again to do that.”
Are you excited about Series 8 and going Raw? Would you like to see a return of a RTD era character like Captain Jack or Donna Noble? Or maybe a Classic Companion?