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Published on July 22nd, 2014 | by Christian Cawley

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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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

6 Responses to Doctor Who Series 8 “Adventures can hurt” Says Moffat

  1. avatar CosmicDebris says:

    When have they ever not hurt? Certainly some companions have left on a high note, but NuWhu has hardly been kind to them.

    • avatar Simon Magellan says:

      I think it refers to the fact that in Moffat’s era there has been a tendency for characters to die then be reborn. It means the emotional impact of a death is lessened if you suspect that the character will just pop up again one day! Rory is the most obvious example.

  2. avatar MaxP says:

    The return of Rory at the end of Smith’s 1st season was the exact point when the Moffat era went off the rails. Up until then it had been a pretty excellent season, then suddenly we get Rory returned as what? An Auton? The explanation for his sudden return was utterly woeful and from then on we get ridiculously illogical, stupid and just plain convoluted explanations and plots for the rest of Smith’s run!

  3. avatar teddybowties says:

    And, if we know Moffat like I think we do, then it’s the EMOTIONAL death that he’s truly referring to, the psychological ravagement and hopefully, rebirth that can happen with such a huge life change as being near this new Doctor promises to be. ;) CAnnOT WAITTTTT.

    • avatar Simon Magellan says:

      Can’t we just have a series that is entertaining and FUN!

      I have no desire to watch “psychological ravagement” thanks

  4. avatar DonnaM says:

    It seems pretty obvious to me that travelling with the Doctor will have consequences; that it’s dangerous; and that it will have an effect on the companion and those around her when she gets back to the “real world”. So far, so familiar, and I agree with Simon – who wants to watch psychological trauma? Doctor Who is family entertainment, leave the never-ending disaster to the soaps!

    I do hope, though, that we’ve seen the back of “Everybody lives!” a Moffat motif that goes right back to the Ninth Doctor’s era. It’s too “cotton wool”, as if the ugly reality of loss is something that shouldn’t be faced. I’m not advocating a massacre but the Rory situation became a bad joke for me, and then Strax reviving Jenny too… There should surely be limits to the “magic” of the Doctor’s world?

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