If what Steven Moffat has been saying to Doctor Who Magazine is true then Series 7 won’t be a wallflower, oh no. Potentially we could be seeing the end of the elaborate, sustained developments of Series 6 and, standing triumphantly on its corpse will be ‘Slutty titles’ and ‘Movie poster plots’.
That’s not all; Moffat also revealed that, as things stand, there will be no two-part episodes in the next season – breaking with the formula set on the shows return to our screens in 2005.
Moffat even went as far as to reveal the title of the Die Hard alike first episode which a spoiler phobic DWM censored for our pleasure/torture.
Explaining the developments Moffat said:
“This year, we used a lot of cliffhangers and mysteries to pull people through, but then I remember the moment, at the end of A Good Man Goes to War, when we put up the title Let’s Kill Hitler. That was so exciting. I’m thinking, ‘Can we do that every week?’ You can sod off with poetic understatement.”
Debunking the myth that two parter episode save money Moffat goes on to elaborate on why everything will be self-contained next year:
“At this stage, everything is a single episode, and the only reason anything will become a two-parter is if we think it needs to be”.
So while that doesn’t rule out an over-riding narrative to next years adventures it does seem to suggest that the regular 45 minute episode will feature the same wealth of ideas that flooded the breathless Let’s Kill Hitler and the world hopping conclusion The Wedding of River Song.
Though what’s more promising is that we could be seeing 13 very different episodes lined up next to each other – offering a real chance for the show to fulfil its “anywhere, anywhen” potential.
So are we intrigued by the new developments or do they signal another style over content turn for the Moffat era?