SFX’s online interview with new Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat continues today, with Daleks, Weeping Angels and returning friends and foes the topic of the day.
It is a fascinating read, complete with what could be construed as a dig (and not the first) at the previous regime’s habit of bringing back the same characters over and over again.
The interview also provides a clear feeling Moffat’s Doctor Who being a “new start” in terms of classic monsters and characters being brought back.
“I think weâ€™ve done the icons. I think there are good ideas to be mined from the old series, and thatâ€™s worth doing because a good idea is a good idea. But I donâ€™t think there are any icons left, any proper ones that people really care about.
“The series have kind of merged now â€“ the old and the new, in everyoneâ€™s view. Itâ€™s interesting that kids call him the Eleventh Doctor, not the Third Doctor. They absolutely know that this is a long, ancient series, and itâ€™s all one show. We donâ€™t need to grab icons from the past.”
Matt Smith begins his first adventure as the Doctor on Saturday, 3rd April at 6.20pm on BBC One – is it the start of a new era with fewer character references to the classic series?