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Doctor Who Update: The Next Era

Gaiman and Moffat Talk New Era

By Robert T. Trate     August 21, 2013
Source: iO9

In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, showrunner Steven Moffat had a few choice words about the next era of Doctor Who:

"The Doctor's always said he’s thousands of years old, and suddenly he’s going to look closer to what we know he secretly is. He’s going to look like an older man. A fiercer man. He won’t be the dashing young man he was a minute ago, and I think that’ll be rather exciting… [Peter Capaldi has] always looked like Doctor Who, how has this taken us so long?! Because the moment you say his name, you go ‘Of course!’ Because he’s got the hair, and he’s got the look, he’s brilliant, he’s known to be a fan, of course it’s bloody him!"

Neil Gaiman (Sandman author)  recently stated that he hopes to write a third episode of Doctor Who featuring the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi. 

Absolutely! I definitely, definitely - I don't want to be coy, you know with Nightmare In Silver it was like I was being coy, but I figured they would like to have me, I would like to do more. The only problem that I'm having right now is the time that I probably would have spent writing a Doctor Who script this year suddenly got eaten by going on tour for this book. So, what I'm hoping, is that I can persuade Steven Moffat, instead of getting the BBC to pay me in cash, cos, you know, I'm now like this best-selling author - I've got enough money! Money is just fine! So I'm wondering if maybe I can get them to start paying me in time. You know, I know he knows people, so if he can just sort of...


And who better than the executive producer of Doctor Who? Time travel!

That's what I'm hoping! If I can just get him to send me, you know, like 9 weeks and I can write in it. I don't know, I'd love to write an episode for Season 8, it may well be that I'm over in Season 9, but I promise I haven't gone away! The idea of writing for Peter Capaldi's Doctor is one that I find so thrilling and exciting, I've been a fan of his since Neverwhere when he played the Angel Islington”.

“The Doctor’s Wife” and “Nightmare In Silver” (review here) are easily two of my favorite episodes so hopefully Gaiman will return.  


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HomestarRunner 8/21/2013 9:53:14 AM

I like that we'll have an older Doctor. I sincerely hope it keeps us away from the "will they or won't they" 'shipping that's been going on (which is one reason why I loved Donna!). What's next? A long-term male companion, a la Jamie?

These are exciting times, Whovians. Stay tuned!

Dazzler 8/21/2013 5:40:13 PM

I just can't wait for the dark Doctor stuff and them trying to explain that one. 

fenngibbon 8/21/2013 5:44:02 PM

 My one complaint about "Nightmare in Silver" was that Gaiman made the Cybermen a bit too much like the Borg with the use of Cybermites to instantly convert people.


Meanwhile, November 23rd can't get here soon enough.

redhairs99 8/22/2013 10:45:16 AM

I'm optomistic about the new Doctor but why does Moffat always refer to him as Doctor Who?  He's The Doctor!  Granted he's not the first afterall, RTD actually had Christopher Eccleston credited as Doctor Who for that entire season in 2005.  Tennent made him correct the error when he came on.



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