Interviewed recently about all things Doctor Who and Sherlock, Steven Moffat found himself discussing the departure of David Tennant and the casting of Matt Smith – and it seems he had quite an early inclination that Tennant would be departing at the same time as Davies, regardless of who took over.
“If you got offered the job that you actually written down that you wanted at the age of seven and someone came along and said, â€œYou can have that job â€“ oh, but David Tennantâ€™s leaving â€¦â€ No, of course not. I mean, I hated the amount of work it was going to be [laughs], but no, really, I wanted to do it.
“Iâ€™m a long-term DOCTOR WHO fan, as is Mark [Gatiss]. You know, Doctors come and go. There have been so many of them who have been so completely brilliant. Youâ€™re not just stepping into one warm pair of shoes, youâ€™re stepping into ten warm pairs of shoes.”
And, of course, The Grand Moff heaped praise onÂ the man now firmly planted in those shoes; Matt Smith:
“He came in and he was literally a hot young geezer and an eccentric boffin at the same time. He had a face with such strange angular planes that you couldnâ€™t work out how it all joined together â€“ â€œCome on, surely that goes back too far â€¦â€ And he has the mannerisms of a fifty-year-old history professor and hair that looks like it was made by a factory. How could we not cast him?”
How indeed? And just how would David Tennant have shaped up against the Weeping Angels and the Dream Lord, aided by Amy Pond and Rory Williams?
Could Series 5 have worked with David Tennant still in the show?