Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat seems to have taken over Kasterborous today – this time he’s been discussing the current expenditure limits for the series following recent BBC budget cuts.
Observing that the ideal Doctor Who would be more expensive than Avatar (given the “go anywhere, anywhen” nature of the series) Moffat explained that he doesn’t write with a budget in mind.
“What we think is what we need to achieve, and how we’re to achieve it, given whatever financial circumstance we’re in,” he said.
“A lot of the most iconic things about Doctor Who are a direct consequence of financial shortcomings.”
“Budget cuts are tough: I don’t like them, but they force you to be creative. You’ve seen that trailer. Does it look like we’ve had a budget cut?”
From where I’m sitting, it looks like they’ve had a budget increase – but of course we’ve only seens clips of season 31/Series 5 of Doctor Who. When Matt Smith bounds around time and space in the redesigned TARDIS as the Eleventh Doctor with Karen Gillan as Amy Pond by his side, we’ll be able to give the issue proper appreciation.
In the meantime, we’ll just have to wait for The Eleventh Hour, on Saturday, 3rd April.