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Doctor Who Series 8 “Adventures can hurt” Says Moffat

The new issue of SFX is out this week and features an interview with Steven Moffat and preview of Doctor Who Series 8. Some interesting things have come out of it according to a preview on the SFX website, including the end of the “fairytale” feel of the Matt Smith era.

Says Moffat:

“I think it feels more serious. One of the watchwords we have this year is there are consequences for choosing to live like this. It’s not a fairytale. If you have people back home, if you run away it’s going to have an effect on them. And it’s not necessarily always going to be lovely. And does the Doctor make you better?

“We want to make it feel that these adventures can hurt…”

“We want to make it feel that these adventures can hurt…”

This is particularly interesting as it seems to deal with one of the major issues that have been leveled at Moffat, namely the lack of jeopardy, with repeated returns from the dead for various characters throughout Moffat’s reign to date.

Also in the interview, Moffat summarises Capaldi’s “dark” Doctor, noting that he is “…not as immediately approachable and he’s not necessarily looking for your approval. I would like to restore the sense that when he says ‘Wait here, I’ll be back’ you really hope he’ll be back, but you’re not absolutely convinced… What he’s not doing is reassuring you very much.”

Meanwhile for Jenna Coleman’s Clara, there’s a new role that doesn’t seem to have been approached in Doctor Who for many years, “she has to be his human interface with everybody else.”

The full interview includes a Doctor Who Series 8 episode-by-episode preview and can be found in SFX #251, out on Wednesday, July 23rd!

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