Doctor Who News Steven Moffat, writer of Doctor Who and Sherlock

Published on March 27th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

No Plans for a Spin-off!

Doctor Who chief Steven Moffat revealed on Saturday that he has no plans for any further spin-offs from the series, despite its continuing success.

Long term fans will recall that Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures were launched as spin-offs in the Russell T Davies era, with a third planned series, Rose Tyler: Defending the Earth considered at the time to be taking things a little too far.

Speaking to assembled journalists, Moffat revealed that he had no intention of adding a new series – which may or may not be called Rory the Roman – to his already busy schedule which of course includes Sherlock.

Slightly disappointing, but good to know that Moffat is focussing on Doctor Who!


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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+.

One Response to No Plans for a Spin-off!

  1. avatar Stlshawn says:

    I know he is busy and all,,,, but maybe he needs to learn to delegate a bit more. A spin off (ginny who!) could easily be handled by a seperate team that he may be “over”, but he need not be involved in the day to day operations.

    I don’t know the moff personally,,, but I do see this a lot around me, managers who refuse to delegate responsibilities. ClassIcally, it ends badly. A successfull manager knows how to delegate, knows how to trust the ideas of others, knows how to plant a seed, look at their “number one” and say “make it so”.

    For a sci-fi example of this, just look at “red dwarf”. For years and years it was a one man executive producer’s baby who refused to do anything with it unless it was the exact movie he wanted to make. During that time, it withered and people lost track of it.

    You can also look at “the I T crowd”. Fantastic writer and producer, but Linehan doesn’t think he has time to make more. Even though the characters are well developed, the ratings are good, making a profit, was gaining popularity, he still was just not going to do it. There is no reason he couldn’t call a few writers in and just get some rough drafts,,,,, you know,,, actually work with and trust others.

    So many great opportunities missed,,, while we all have to endure cloned reality shows.

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