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Published on October 13th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Moffat’s Dark Nights

We’ve been browsing the brand new Doctor Who: The Brilliant Book 2012 and read with interest some words from Steven “The Grand Moff” Moffat.

While avoiding releasing anything too revealing – after all, this book will be a Christmas present for thousands – Moffat confirms that Rory and Amy won’t be in this year’s Christmas Special but they will return next season!

However Moffat isn’t as forthcoming about a return for River Song:

“That’s dependent on Alex Kingston.”

Moffat also offered up a personal explanation as to why the show, in all likelihood, won’t return to our screens until the Autumn of 2012:

“The truth behind the delay next year is: why are we killing ourselves and risking compromising the show, in order to go out in the middle of summer? I’m sick of it. I’m sick of standing in the blazing sunshine, with a barbecue fork in my hand, knowing that Doctor Who is coming on any minute.”

He also goes on to apparently confirm the switch to Autumn with:

“Six o’clock on a sunny Saturday is the middle of the afternoon, whereas six o’clock on a winter or autumn Saturday is dark and exciting.”

It makes sense, doesn’t it? If nothing else, it certainly vindicates the opinions of many long-term fans of Doctor Who, including Kasterborous editor Christian Cawley.

Moffat also offers up some more superlatives to describe the plans for the 50th Anniversary which seem to confirm all your wishes at once:

“Epic, huge, massive, indulgent… all your treats at once”.

There you go.

If the  any part of the Anniversary doesn’t include your longed for return of Alpha Centauri then please send your hate mail to Steven Moffat c/o… (Do not send your hate mail to Steven Moffat).

Moffat also adds:

“I guarantee you it’s going to be the best year ever to be a Doctor Who fan. We’re going to be in production for longer than ever, just to do everything that we intend to do”.

To read these and more exciting, encouraging words like these, order Doctor Who: The Brilliant Book 2012 for just £7.40 from Amazon – it’s out today!


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

5 Responses to Moffat’s Dark Nights

  1. avatar Drew Fleming says:

    The Moff(h)at(e) is becoming rather tiresome now. I’m pretty sure that the man could offer up a multi-Doctor / multi-companion continuity-fest extravaganza accessible to both fans and mainstream audiences and people would still say that he is arrogant, sexist and is killing Doctor Who.

  2. avatar william says:

    Fantastic! Just as it should be. Doctor Who broadcast on cold, dark Saturday evenings. Twill be more exciting and viewing figures will be better. Just like the old day watching Tom Baker. The Moff is a true Whovian. The 50th anniversary episode can be broadcast on the Saturday after the Friday anniversary. With Matt Smith as the Doctor, the future is bright for Doctor Who.

  3. avatar Brian Stultz says:

    Good things are worth the wait. Please have a multi Dr. story and not just for the sake of having it. Here is my idea:
    The Doctor should be tricked into the void by Omega as punishment for thwarting Omega’s plans in the past. The Tardis will materialize on Gallifrey The Doctor will seek out Romana and the Master for help to escape; Then The Master who is in league with Omega can then steal the Tardis and the Doctor will have to call upon his past selves to help him escape the void, retrieve the Tardis, and stop Omega and The Master. You could have multiple Doctors return as well as Leela, Romana and both of their K9s can also be involved in some capacity. The story could end with the Master Regenerating into Idris Elba!

  4. avatar Gruff says:

    Saturday 23rd November 2013 will be a fantastically inventive celebration of the greatest TV show ever. It will be the perfect night and if the BBC don’t dedicate the whole of that Saturday night on BBC One to the show I will be very dissatisfied.

    Whatever SM has planned for an episode will be very special, and I can’t wait! We’re all in for a treat.

  5. avatar Chris says:

    I think 2013 is going to be amazing and worth the wait. If they play the last half of Series 7 during Spring 2013, and all 13 episodes of Series 8 starting on August 31st the finale would land on the Anniversary and there’d be like 19 episodes in one year! That’s what I have my fingers crossed for.

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