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End of Daleks?

Speaking at the Comic-con event in San Diego this week, Steven Moffat revealed his thoughts on the future of Doctor Who – his Doctor Who.

As he so rightly pointed out, Doctor Who needs to remain fresh, and belong to the current generation of children.

"Fans always look back, but shows have to look forward," he said.

"There’s a brand new audience of kids for Doctor Who each year and they have to think it’s their programme, not some relic that belongs to their parents."

However in what can only be seen as a marked dig at his predecessor and the conclusion to the 2008 series, Moffat pointed out that there’s more to Doctor Who than the Doctor, Martha, Donna, Rose, Mickey, Jack, Sarah, Jackie and a bunch of Daleks.

"You’ve got to be careful you don’t make the universe seem like it’s got about seven people in it, all about to be exterminated by the Daleks. You want it to be a big wide-ranging universe."

Absolutely right.

Moffat was speaking at the Comic-con event in San Diego, where BBC America had a booth to promote various programming such as Doctor Who, Torchwood and ITV production Primeval

The Doctor Who/Torchwood itinerary on Thursday looked a little like this:

10:00-11:00am Doctor Who: Executive Producer and lead writer Steven Moffat signing at the BBC AMERICA booth (#3629).

12:00-1:00pm Doctor Who: Executive Producer and lead writer Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Executive Producer Julie Gardner (Torchwood) discuss their creative process and experience on working on the BBC’s Doctor Who – Britain’s most successful sci-fi franchise – with exclusive clips and a Q&A session. Ballroom 20

1:00-2:00pm Torchwood: Join Executive Producer Julie Gardner (Torchwood), actors John Barrowman, Gareth David-Lloyd and Naoko Mori to discuss their creative process and experience on working on BBC AMERICA’s highest rated show ever – Torchwood – followed by a Q&A session. Ballroom 20

2:00-3:00pm Doctor Who/Torchwood: Executive Producer and lead writer Steven Moffat, Executive Producer Julie Gardner and Actor Naoko Mori official Comic-Con signing. Autograph Area 2.

4:00-5:00pm Torchwood: Actor Naoko Mori signing at the BBC AMERICA booth (#3629).

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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