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)