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Moffat Reveals Plans Afoot For More Online Doctor Who

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has been talking to SFX about the plans to produce more online episodes, following the success of The Night of the Doctor, the surprise 2013 hit that saw Paul McGann reprising the Eighth Doctor for the first time since his sole episode in 1996.

Moffat’s plans for online Doctor Who episodes will come as a surprise to few, especially given the content that has been produced over the past few years.

“We used to treat it as a spin-off that maybe some people would watch… But then you suddenly realise something like ‘Pond Life’, which we took much more seriously, had an audience of over six million. You think oh wait, that’s a TV show! That’s just a TV show and a lot of our audience make no distinction between that and the TV show. Same with ‘The Night of the Doctor’. What I think is quite exciting about all that stuff is you’re allowed to do a six minute episode.

“So there’s going to be more of that, up until the point when all television is like that. And it will be. All television will be downloadable content. It’s coming.”

To underline the plans – which we’re told are a general desire throughout the BBC, not just at BBC Wales – Moffat reveals that he’s been talking to the BBC iPlayer channe controller over funding. Essentially, these will be full dramas. “…we don’t call them prequels, we don’t call them minisodes, we just call them Doctor Who. That’s all they are. As I say, why not do an episode that’s ten minutes? Or an episode that’s half an hour? It depends what it suits.”

You can read more from Steven Moffat in the new issue of SFX, on sale now.

So, more online Doctor Who. Not “minisodes” – the industry has moved on, as have viewers’ expectations. Where will it all end? Secondary Doctor Who series or perhaps spinoffs?

What do you think?

Christian Cawley


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+.

'Moffat Reveals Plans Afoot For More Online Doctor Who' have 12 comments

  1. August 6, 2014 @ 9:30 pm Colin

    Secondary series… like… oh, I don’t know… Eighth Doctor adventures? I don’t mind them being online if they’re the same quality as Night of the Doctor. :)


  2. August 6, 2014 @ 9:47 pm Chronomalix

    I would love to see Big Finish adaptations and Captain Jack as an active Time Agent.



  3. August 6, 2014 @ 10:00 pm Tommy Thomson

    “So there’s going to be more of that, up until the point when all television is like that. And it will be. All television will be downloadable content. It’s coming.”
    I don’t doubt it, but I’m aware that there is something wonderful about The Shared Experience. Millions underlined that at the 50th cinema event, and that was all about the knowledge that there we were all agog at the same moment. Its a timey…


  4. August 6, 2014 @ 10:05 pm TimeChaser

    I’m sure a lot of fans will be thrilled to hear this news. I know I am. The more Doctor Who out there, the better. :)


  5. August 6, 2014 @ 11:26 pm francis Cave

    Come on Moff, more McGann.

    You know it makes sense…..


  6. August 7, 2014 @ 9:12 am Doomedrider

    More McGann. Please more McGann? Lots more McGann…?

    Actually, how about getting Nicolas Briggs to be producer/lead writer of an online series with McGann… Please?


  7. August 7, 2014 @ 9:34 am Lozzer

    I can’t see them doing anything that isn’t connected to the actual series running at the time. If the Master is truly returning to the show, then a series of shorts showing how he manoeuvres himself into his current situation would be very welcome – maybe even a regeneration short.


  8. August 7, 2014 @ 10:39 am Ranger

    Sounds excellent, would love more with Paul McGann. But I suppose it will be something to link in with the main DW programme. I hope they make it so it is not essential viewing to work out what is going on in the main programme though.


  9. August 7, 2014 @ 3:09 pm Andrew Larson

    A Mcgann online series would be killer. Maybe a series of 10 minute episodes showing “highlights” or important moments in the Time War starring Mcgann. In that way, you wouldn’t have to go through the continuity nightmare of explaining all the Time War, but could give viewers teasers of the some of the crazy stuff that happened back then and filling in some important back story.

    Plus if you really wanted to, you could link it in to events going on in the main show such as the 12th Doctor searching for the Time Lords and have it all lead up to an episode of the main show starring both Peter and Paul as a semi climax to that storyline.


  10. August 9, 2014 @ 10:02 pm John Smith

    Everyone is going on about an online Eighth Doctor series (which would be amazing and brilliant, of course), but I’d really like to see a series with the young War Doctor. Let’s find out what really made him so jaded, cynical, and depressed before The Day of the Doctor.


    • August 9, 2014 @ 11:21 pm Rick

      I’d like that. I think a young War Doctor would be almost psychotic, fighting the war with a brutal zeal, before mellowing out. It’s just a shame that John Hurt is too old for the role. An audio series would be amazing.


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