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Doctor Who chief Steven Moffat

50th Anniversary “movie-length” says Moffat

Ever since some BBC Worldwide publicity material at some toy fairs earlier this year stated that the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special would be just 60 minutes long, fandom has been up in arms (hey, what’s new?). Happily, we can report that this was an error.


Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Steven Moffat has confirmed that the episode is “well over an hour”.

It’s a special episode. I think you could call it movie-length, yeah. I mean, I’m saying that with a slight hint of vagueness because I don’t know the finished running time. [Laughs] It’s certainly well over an hour.

Moffat goes on to discuss the effect of having David Tennant and Matt Smith on set together, and the way they interacted off-screen.

They really loved each other and had a huge laugh together. And of course they’ve been through this experience that only the two of them can talk about, really, in the modern world. They are the two people that have played that part at a time when the series is this big. They spent the entire time just sitting together talking animatedly.

But what about on-screen?

Well, when you’re talking to yourself, there’s no filter! You don’t spare yourself! They’re quite a fun pairing, I would say. There’s a bit of the normal joshing of each other but they’re both such enthusiastic Doctors. While they might be sort of competing slightly, they’re both standing there saying, “Oh god, it’s so cool, there’s two of me!”

So, it’s very different. I think the other one that worked brilliantly was Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton. They were incredibly funny together. This is very different from that but it’s a sublime double act.

Funny? Sublime? Is it November yet?

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