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Published on February 21st, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Moffat: 1×60 Minute Special “Complete Nonsense”

As a special gift to the Gallifrey One convention last weekend, Doctor Who chief Steven Moffat recorded an interview (by Ed Stradling) in which various questions were answered – some in surprising detail!

If you’re unable to view the video, here are the potted highlights:

First of all, the matter of a single 50th anniversary special running to 60 minutes, as photographed on BBC promotional literature at recent toy fares.

A lot of things are going on. Don’t believe the nonsense about one 60-minute film. That is complete nonsense!

Heads up, Whovians – we’ve also got a Christmas special this year!

Of course there’s going to be a Christmas special. Santa will also visit your house. Yes, all is as it was.

What is particularly interesting is that the new Ice Warriors story was something Moffat wasn’t initially keen to do.

Mark Gatiss had been pitching the Ice Warriors for a while. I wasn’t tremendously persuaded. I thought they were maybe the default condition for what people thought of as rubbish Doctor Who monsters: things that moved very slowly and spoke in a way that meant you couldn’t hear a word they said. I thought maybe that was the definitive rubbish one. But then Mark came up with a couple of very clever ideas. It’s an absolute cracker of an episode.

Interestingly, and despite many comments and speculation otherwise, not only is Moffat planning Series 8, he’s also claiming that Matt will be staying “For the rest of time.”

I’ve just started planning the next series and I’m going to swing [the arc] a slightly different way again.

Exciting stuff, eh? And yet, most of it is so far away….

(Thanks to Paddy)


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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+.

6 Responses to Moffat: 1×60 Minute Special “Complete Nonsense”

  1. avatar Krumstets says:

    Glad to hear the 60 minute special rumour quashed. It never did seem true.
    And I agree about the Ice Warriors being rubish monsters.
    Look forward to see how they come back.

  2. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Perhaps Matt would like to see if he can break Tom Baker’s seven year record? I wouldn’t be averse to that.

  3. avatar BOJAY says:

    And the man himself does much to clear the air. A great interview, and I hope that it calms some of the disappointment (in an episode that hasn’t even been made yet!), and the fears many fans seem to have had about the anniversary episode. Doctor Who is in great hands with Steven Moffat, despite his many(?) critics, and some fans paranoia about the future of the show. Personally, I’m more stoked than ever for what’s coming.

  4. avatar Drew says:

    My only worry is, it’s almost March. The anniversary is in November. That’s a lot of writing and filming and work to do, literally in a 6-month span. So unless they have things planned and started on already (which we’ve heard nothing about), it seems like it would be very hard to get much more done in such a relatively short amount of time.

  5. avatar castellanspandrel says:

    They’re a well-drilled pack, Drew. They know what they’re doing, and Moffat, as with RTD, seems to have thought everything out way, way in advance, though of course he won’t give much away in interviews.

    Remember that stories such as Impossible Planet/Satan Pit were filmed around January of that year and shown just 4-5 months later. I’m sure more time has to be spent on actual organisation than the filming itself. Plenty of time, no sweat!

  6. avatar BOJAY says:

    And as he said in the interview, both the anniversary episode(s?), and the Christmas special will have been filmed by then………

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