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Moffat: “The Time Lords Are Dead”

For those waiting patiently for the return of Gallifrey’s most famous Time Lady Romana, or maybe even – dare we say it – The Rani, Steven Moffat had some sobering news.

Speaking this week to Frank Skinner and Fred MacAulay at the AdLib Comedy event in Edinburgh, Moffat stated:

“I have actually given no thought at all to Romana. The Time Lords are dead in my mind. They died.”

He couldn’t, however, rule out the return of Jenny, the Doctor’s genetically-engineered daughter played by Georgia Moffett, insisting that the door had been left well and truly open.

And speaking of Time Lord mortality, everyone knows that, after the thirteenth Doctor has spawned, it really is game over. With a regeneration awaiting Matt Smith this Christmas, fans have been gazing nervously at their fob watches, wondering how, exactly, the Time Lord will circumnavigate this tricky situation.

Steven Moffat gave little away. When asked if he acknowledged that the Doctor can only regenerate twelve times, his answer was short and succinct:


Looks like we’re going to be left hanging on this one…


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