Doctor Who Series 6 Press Launch

As we mentioned last night, the Doctor Who Series 6 press launch has been and gone, which means people have seen The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon.

Which means facts are going to come out – so unless you’re ready to get even the slightest spoilers you should look away now.

If you were in any doubt that The Grand Moff was really going to put his characters through the ringer in Series 6, the following snippet should leave you in no doubt…

This interview is just the tip of the iceberg, however,with Steven Moffat confirming what what we have long suspectedThe Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon form a dark season opener.

“We’ve been pretty dark before in Doctor Who. But we’re coming in from the dark side just because we haven’t done it that way before.”

And the father of two is in no doubt that the way to do this is to appeal to the younger audience.

“First of all, you make Doctor Who frightening to appeal to children. It’s the children who find it frightening, not the adults. Children absolutely rank Doctor Who stories in order of frightening-ness – that’s what it’s about.

“You put the jokes in and the silly bits in for the adults and you put the scares in for the kids. I’ve got two kids of my own and I’d never do anything I didn’t think was acceptable for them.

“Having said that, one of them does tend to sleep on our bedroom floor.”

Joking apart (!), Steven Moffat has a big job on his hands this year if the stories and overall arc/theme are as intricate as some of the hints have been telling us…

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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