As production continues on the first episodes of Series 8, showrunner extraordinaire Steven Moffat has been grabbing some headlines of his own. This will mark Moffat’s fourth series as top TV Time Lord, and in this month’s Doctor Who Magazine he has been explaining his thoughts on shaking things up for the Doctor and his friends in the wake of Matt Smith’s departure:
“There would be little point in making as radical a change as we’ve made unless you’re going to go quite different with the Doctor. The last two Doctors have been brilliant, and have been your ‘good boyfriend’ Doctors. But the Doctor isn’t always like that. There is the sort of Tom Baker, Christopher Eccleston end of the spectrum, where he is mad and dangerous and difficult.”
And it sounds pretty certain that Moffat will be using that “dangerous” personality (and more mature age) of Peter Capaldi’s shiny-new Twelfth Doctor to add some dramatic tension to the show:
“If we’d cast Ben Whishaw, you’d know what we were doing. You’d think, ‘Well, that’s another quirky young man with entertaining hair!’ And he’d be a brilliant Doctor, but Clara would just think, ‘Okay, you’ve rearranged yourself a bit…’”
Series 8 and the now-confirmed Series 9 may hold some surprises for fans when it comes to the Twelfth Doctor. After being in charge for all of the Eleven’s time, Moffat seems determined to try something different with Twelve’s dawning era:
“I think it was time for the show to flip around a bit. The new version of the show is quite old now. It’s very old… We need the kick-up-the-arse Doctor, in a way, to frighten you and make you think, oh, it’s a different show again.”
The question is whether newer fans and younger fans – who may only know “flappy hands” Matt Smith as the Doctor – will be patient enough to stick with an older, more difficult Doctor. It seems as though the pressure will very much be on Jenna Coleman’s Clara and any other returning characters to keep the show fun and relatable.
So, Kasterborites; you know the score – are you ready for a possible return to a Hartnell-like grumpier, older Doctor?