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Published on January 31st, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Steven Moffat Doesn’t Want to Let You Down

Lots of news came out of the Radio Times Covers Party at the weekend, including a chat with Steven Moffat about the expectation surrounding Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary.

Over the past few weeks, some quarters of fandom have expressed disappointment with what they appear consider to be an inadequate set of plans for the big event, later this year.

Moffat is aware of the expectation from fans, however, and is determined to not let anyone down.

You can’t do this job if you’re nervous all the time. So, seriously, I’m mostly excited, a little bit nervous and aware of trying not to let people down.

But, you know, I don’t want people to get bored just yet. So let’s just wait and get our next eight episodes out of the way before we start talking about it.

As well as describing the 50th anniversary event as “pretty big”, Moffat also enthused about Series 7b, which continues in the Spring, kicking off on the Easter weekend, Saturday March 30th.

We’ll be up in the air, we’re under the water, we’re on a fantastic alien planet, we’re back in time, we’re forward in time, and the Doctor’s greatest secret is in jeopardy.

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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+.




3 Responses to Steven Moffat Doesn’t Want to Let You Down

  1. daniel says:

    I can see the Moff wants to keep the contents of the episodes secret but i dont understand the secrecy of how many episodes we are getting or the stuff we are getting round it.

    But hey ho…worse things happen at sea…

  2. Lozzer says:

    There are bigger issues in life than Doctor Who, but… why all the lies, and why all the secrecy. I’m starting to think that the reason behind all this is because Matt wants to leave at Christmas/New year – and they don’t want to introduce a new Doctor during the 50th anniversary – therefore, they’ve had to spread the episodes out to accommodate Matt. I might be wrong, but either way, somethings gone tits up.

  3. Rick Lundeen says:

    I don’t think there’s much secrecy about anything. I mean, unless we want to find out what exactly happens on the anniversary show? No, I’d rather be surprised.

    Again, they’re just saving some money by spreading one season across two years. There’ll be 8 eps this spring–which really, I think the Moff would like us to focus on those first, as I’m sure it’ll be a fun ride and *then* we’ll still have months and months to wait out the big anniversary special. I’m thinking that, Gatiss’ drama and maybe another little bit here and there and that’ll probably be it. Then a new series next year.

    I really doubt Smith is leaving at Christmas because a secret like that is fairly impossible to keep. If he does leave at Christmas, it would be the biggest surprise in DW history. I can’t imagine that news not already being leaked otherwise. Smith has an option in his contract for two more years, so….

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