In the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Steven Moffat has confirmed he plans to continue as showrunner for Series 9, expected next year.
When questioned in his regular column how far in advance he plans each series, he says:
Sitting here, right now, just before the finale shooting block, I’ve figured out the cliffhanger to the penultimate episode of the next series. And it’s a whopper. Ohh, I don’t think you’ll see this coming!
This not only confirms that he’ll be in charge of the series, but also that the two-parters will be returning (something previously alluded to by Rachel Talalay, director of the finale). Moffat stated that Series 9 would not be a split series, as Series 6 and 7 were, in January and thus also confirmed that a Series 9 had been commissioned.
Personally, I’m over the moon that Moffat will be staying for what is expected to be Peter Capaldi’s second run of stories. I think his era has been one of the strongest in the show’s history. I know some people who would disagree with that, but I’m desperately trying to ignore the negativity that is always so rife on this beautiful beast we called the Internet.
What do we think, Kasterborites? Pleased Moffat’s staying? Annoyed? Fuming? Or just happy that Doctor Who remains fresh and relevant over 50 years after it first debuted?