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Steven Moffat Leaving Doctor Who


The BBC has announced Steven Moffat is leaving Doctor Who following the Spring of 2017.

Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall will replace Moffat as the new showrunner.

Moffat took over the reins on Doctor Who in 2010 with Series 5.

Official announcement can be read below.


BBC announces Steven Moffat’s next series of Doctor Who will be his last and confirms Chris Chibnall as new Head Writer and Executive Producer


After six incredible series at the helm, the multi-award-winning Steven Moffat has decided to step down as the lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who. Steven took over the reins on Series 5 in 2010 and during his tenure the show has become a truly global success. He has been responsible for introducing the Eleventh and the Twelfth Doctors in Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi; as well as two companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and iconic characters and monsters including River Song (Alex Kingston), Missy (Michelle Gomez), Rory Pond (Arthur Darvill) and the terrifying Weeping Angels. Plus, the smash hit 50th Anniversary special in 2013 which saw fans around the world celebrate the world’s longest-running sci-fi series with the Doctors Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt battling the deadly Daleks in a feature-length episode. Steven’s final series will air on BBC One in spring 2017 and there will be a Christmas Special in 2016.

Steven Moffat says: “Feels odd to be talking about leaving when I’m just starting work on the scripts for season 10, but the fact is my timey-wimey is running out. While Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I’ll be finishing up on the best job in the universe and keeping the TARDIS warm for him. It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British Television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future. At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip.”

Like Steven, Chris Chibnall is also a lifelong Doctor Who fan and a multi-award-winning writer and executive producer. He has most recently achieved huge success with the triple-BAFTA-winning hit ITV series Broadchurch. His other credits include BAFTA-nominated The Great Train Robbery, United, Law & Order: UK, Life On Mars and Torchwood. Chris Chibnall’s debut series will launch in 2018.

Chris Chibnall, new Head Writer and Executive Producer, says: “Doctor Who is the ultimate BBC programme: bold, unique, vastly entertaining, and adored all around the world. So it’s a privilege and a joy to be the next curator of this funny, scary and emotional family drama. I’ve loved Doctor Who since I was four years old, and I’m relishing the thought of working with the exceptional team at BBC Wales to create new characters, creatures and worlds for the Doctor to explore. Steven’s achieved the impossible by continually expanding Doctor Who’s creative ambition, while growing its global popularity. He’s been a dazzling and daring showrunner, and hearing his plans and stories for 2017, it’s clear he’ll be going out with a bang. Just to make my life difficult.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, says: “I want to thank Steven Moffat for everything he has given Doctor Who – I’ve loved working with him, he is an absolute genius and has brought fans all over the world such joy. I will be very sad to see him leave the show, but I can’t wait to see what he will deliver in his last ever series next year with a brand new companion. I have decided to schedule Steven’s big finale series in spring 2017 to bring the nation together for what will be a huge event on the channel. 2016 is spoilt with national moments including the Euros and Olympics and I want to hold something big back for 2017 – I promise it will be worth the wait! I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Chris Chibnall, a wonderfully talented writer who I know will bring something very special to the hit series.”

Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “Like Charlotte, I would like to thank Steven for his brilliance, which has made Doctor Who a global hit under his tenure. Chris Chibnall is the perfect successor to take over the reins of this incredible show, so I am delighted that his love for Doctor Who has made it impossible for him to resist! Chris is an incredible writer and his vision and passion for Doctor Who gives it an exciting future and promises to be a real treat for Doctor Who fans across the world.”

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Watch: Peter Jackson Directing Doctor Who Announcement


It’s finally happening!

For quite some time now, Peter Jackson has stated he has wanted to direct an episode of Doctor Who; however, due to Jackson’s busy movie schedule, it never came to be.

The good news is that the stars have apparently aligned as Peter Jackson released the following video on his Facebook page teasing that he is going to direct Doctor Who, which even features Peter Capaldi in character.

The video starts off with a conversation between Jackson and his daughter about directing  – while Jackson polished his Oscars – when the Doctor interrupts…

Check it out:


Home Invasion

This was an interesting weekend…

Posted by Peter Jackson on Sunday, November 29, 2015

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Watch: Doctor Who “Heaven Sent” Featurette

Check out an introduction for the next episode of Doctor Who, “Heaven Sent,” from showrunner Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi.

If you haven’t seen the last episode, you may want to skip this as it connects to a spoiler.

Doctor Who airs Saturdays on BBCA.

Episode synopsis:

Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone. Pursued by the fearsome creature known only as the Veil, he must attempt the impossible.

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Doctor Who Series 10 To Have Full Season


Showrunner Steven Moffat continues to shoot down Doctor Who rumors with the latest being that Series 10 will be a half season.

A recent rumor stated that due to Peter Capaldi pursuing other projects, that Doctor Who Series 10 would air only six episodes plus the Christmas Special.

However, Moffat states that isn’t true as he tells the Radio Times Doctor Who Series 10 will have a full run plus the Doctor Who Christmas Special.

“We’re making a full series. I can confirm that,” Moffat said. “I’m making a full series of 12 episodes, plus a Christmas special. I don’t know when it goes out. That’s up to someone else. And even if I did know – which I genuinely don’t – I wouldn’t be allowed to say so as I have absolutely no say in it whatsoever. [But] it’s not being reduced in size. We’re not making fewer episodes. That’s all complete bunk. I can confirm that absolutely.”

Likewise, Capaldi said more of the same to the BBC.

“Not as far as I know,” Capaldi said responding to questioning that fans will be disappointed by a shortened Series 10. “That’s now what I’ve been told. So, that is not what I’m contracted for.”

Capaldi also mentioned that he would like to see Doctor Who air earlier on Saturdays at 7pm.

Moffat also recently shot down the rumor that Peter Capaldi was leaving the series, confirming that Peter Capaldi is Doctor Who and not going anywhere.

“Doctor Who” airs Saturdays on BBCA.

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Peter Capaldi Returning For Doctor Who Series 10


Amidst rumors of Peter Capaldi wanting out of Doctor Who, it has now been confirmed that Capaldi will be back for Series 10.

Showrunner Steven Moffat confirmed the return of Capaldi to Variety stating: “Peter Capaldi is going nowhere.”

Moffat also seemed to clear up any concerns that Doctor Who would be relaunched with Sherlock-style feature-length episodes (meaning less episodes, but longer) as he stated: “[Doctor Who] is definitely going to last five more years, I’ve seen the business plan. It’s not going anywhere. And I think we can go past that. It’s television’s own legend. It will just keep going.”

The rumors stated that Capaldi wanted out of Doctor Who to spend more time with his family, with the rumors also stating the BBC was going to regenerate with a new Doctor played by Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden.

“Doctor Who airs” Saturdays on BBCA.

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Steven Moffat Responds To Doctor Who Sonic Sunglasses Complaints (Video)


If you happened to watch the last couple of episodes of Doctor Who, you may have noticed the Sonic Screwdriver has been turned into Sonic Sunglasses.

I found it noticeably absent with this past Saturday’s episode as lots of potential tech was present which the Doctor may have used the screwdriver on, and it turns out I’m not the only one who took notice.

There is a petition online to “Get Rid of the Sonic Sunglasses” and bring back the Sonic Screwdriver that has amassed a little over 1600 signatures in addition to fan complaints on social media.

While the number isn’t all that high, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has taken notice and posted the following response on the official Doctor Who Facebook page. Below you can check out the video.

“Sometimes you have to be heretical. Sometimes you actually have to embrace the heresy. And I just thought, really, on a whim, why would The Doctor feel wedded to a screwdriver? Maybe he fancies varying it for a while, maybe he’ll pop his sonic glasses on instead.Also, it maybe resurrected the original joke which we’ve sort of slightly forgotten, that the screwdriver was just a screwdriver that made a noise. It’s gradually become this all-purpose everything that looks really cool… It’s fun to be naughty. I know some people are incredibly irate about it, and I’m sure the screwdriver will show up again someday. But just to show that we can – why not?”

Perhaps Moffat is right and it’s time for a change. Hey, sunglasses are cool, too, right?


Steven on the Sonic Sunglasses

Steven Moffat explains the thinking behind the Sonic Sunglasses… and has a word for the Sonic Screwdriver fans!

Posted by Doctor Who on Sunday, October 4, 2015

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More Doctor Who For At Least 5 Years


Good news for fans of Doctor Who as the series will be on to at least 2020.

Speaking on the long-term plans for the series, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat told the Radio Times, “I thought it would last ten years. I didn’t think it would last ten years with BBC Worldwide trying to get me in a room to talk about their plan for the next five years!”

The new Doctor Who series debuted back in 2005 and continues to be a major draw for the BBC, with last season averaging about 2.3 million viewers an episode.

“It’s going to do a minimum of 15 [years]. I mean, it could do 26! That’s not to say its easy. Ten years on, our ratings are pretty much the same,” Moffat told Doctor Who magazine. “Actually, internationally, bigger. No show does that! You’re meant to go down! Doctor Who just stays. It’s extraordinary!” 

Moffat did say the BBC expected Doctor Who to lose ratings as the show progressed through the year as it’s “not easy finding new Doctors” and “there’s nothing easy about doing Doctor Who,” – however, just the opposite happened.

“Because it’s such an amazing format, because you can constantly revive it and re-imagine it, then as long as the people looking after it are passionate about it and the BBC is passionate about it, there’s absolutely no reason why it can’t do another 50 years,” Moffat said.

Series 9 of Doctor Who is expected to debut in the Fall and is currently filming in Cardiff, Wales. Game Of ThronesMaisie Williams was recently announced as a special guest star.

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Doctor Who Series 8 To Premiere In Movie Theaters

Doctor Who returns to the big screen for the third time with the series 8 premiere.

The BBC previously held movie screenings for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary and for the David Tennant two-part special.

Now the BBC has announced the Doctor Who Series 8 premiere featuring Peter Capaldi will screen worldwide in movie theaters on August 23rd.

“Last November the Doctor didn’t just conquer the world on television, he did it in the cinemas too,” Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat said in a statement. “And like the show-off he is, he can’t resist another go – one taste of the silver screen is never enough. On August 23rd the new Doctor will begin his new adventures on BBC One and in cinemas all over the world. Movie-land beware – Capaldi is coming to get you!” 

Look for more information and ticket sales to be released soon.


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Looks Like No Truth To Steven Moffat Star Wars Rumor


J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: Episode VII, Rian Johnson is on Episodes VIII and IX, and Godzilla director Gareth Edwards and Fantastic Four director Josh Trank have been named on the spinoff movies.

Earlier saw a rumor mention that Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat was up to direct a Star Wars movie as well.

Now it appears to be not true as Steven Moffat’s wife has taken to Twitter to state it’s all news to them.

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Steven Moffat Confirms Return To Doctor Who Series 9

Steven Moffat will be returning to at least one more year of Doctor Who.

Moffat confirmed the news to Doctor Who Magazine (via Digital Spy).

“Sitting here, right now, just before the [series eight] 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!”

Moffat replaced Russell T. Davies as Doctor Who’s showrunner in 2009 to mixed fanfare.

Reportedly, Moffat deleted his Twitter account because fans were so “critical” of his run on Doctor Who.

Earlier today, it also became known that Series 8 of Doctor Who, starring Peter Capaldi, will premiere August 23rd.


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Doctor Who World Tour Announced With Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman & Steven Moffat

With Doctor Who returning this August, the BBC has announced a world tour to weclome the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi.

August 7th – 19th sees Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat visit seven cities on five continents promoting the new season of Doctor Who.

The BBC released the following information and video:

The trip will see Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, on-screen companion Jenna Coleman, and the show’s lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, visit seven cities across five continents in 12 days, where they will attend fan events and media interviews, publicising Series 8 to a global audience.

The tour marks the largest ever promotional undertaking in Doctor Who’s 50-year history and will kick off in Welsh capital and home of the series’ production, Cardiff, before taking in London (UK), Seoul (South Korea), Sydney (Australia), New York (US), Mexico City (Mexico) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). More details of the itinerary will be available from soon, as well as reports from the tour as it happens, which fans everywhere will be able to enjoy across social and digital platforms.


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New Doctor Who Peter Capaldi Is Fiercer Says Steven Moffat

New Doctor Who Peter Capaldi will be a lot different than the previous few counterparts says Steven Moffat.

Peter Capaldi graces the cover to the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine with showrunner Steven Moffat offering the following:

The Doctor’s always said he’s thousands of years old, and suddenly he’s going to look closer to what we know he secretly is. He’s going to look like an older man. A fiercer man. He won’t be the dashing young man he was a minute ago, and I think that’ll be rather exciting.

He’s always looked like Doctor Who, how has this taken us so long?! Because the moment you say his name, you go ‘Of course!’ Because he’s got the hair, and he’s got the look, he’s brilliant, he’s known to be a fan, of course it’s bloody him!

Matt Smith returns as the 11th Doctor for November’s Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special and one last time before he regenerates in the Christmas Special where Peter Capaldi will first appear.

This issue of Doctor Who Magazine, which includes comments from Peter Capaldi, goes on sale this week.

(via DoctorWhoTV)


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Peter Capaldi Announced As New 12th Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi is the new 12th Doctor Who.

Announced during the Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor special, which featured a video with outgoing Time Lord, Matt Smith, as well as the fifth incarnation live and in person, Peter Davidson, it was revealed Peter Capaldi is taking over with the airing of the December Christmas Special.

Matt Smith will return as the 11th Doctor for the 50th Anniversary special this November before regenerating as the 12th Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, during the Doctor Who Christmas Special.

Peter Capaldi, 55-year-old Scottish actor, is known for roles on Cold Blood, Torchwood and was featured as a doctor in World War Z.

Updated: With video and image.



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12th Doctor Who Audition Scripts Hit The Net


Steven Moffat is actively seeking out the 12th Doctor who will be replacing the outgoing Matt Smith when the 50th Anniversary and the Christmas Special air later this year.

The BBC has made available three audition scripts for the 12th Doctor Who, one of which can be found below.

It’s noted that the audition scripts for the next Doctor Who are just that and are not supposed to imply any specific details.

The following scene involves the new Doctor with Clara, who is played in the series by Jenna Coleman.

For the other two scripts check out the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine on sale now.

Said Steven Moffat:

This scene will never appear in the show itself. Also, you’ll learn very little about Number 12 – naturally, this was written before the casting began […] Fairly generic Doctor stuff, for someone to spin into a new version of the Time Lord. So, with the proviso that there’s nothing to learn here (won’t stop you trying, I know) here is – sort of, kind of, not really – the first scene for Number 12…”

[The new Doctor is checking out the new body. Clara, watching. It’s been a few minutes, they’re both still adjusting.]

THE DOCTOR: Right then, eyesight. Not bad, bit blue. Ears – not pointy, right way up, more or less level. Face – well I’ve got one. Oh, no – French!
CLARA: French.
THE DOCTOR: I’ve deleted French! Plus all cookery skills, and the breast stroke. And hopping. Never mind hopping, who needs to hop. Ohh, the kidneys are interesting. Never had that before – interesting kidneys.
CLARA: Are you all right?
THE DOCTOR: I don’t know, do I look all right?
CLARA: I don’t know.
THE DOCTOR: How’s the face? Seems all right from the inside. Nice action, responsive. Bit less heft on the chin. How is it?
CLARA: It’s… okay.
CLARA: It’s a bit… you know.
THE DOCTOR: No I don’t, I haven’t seen it yet.
CLARA: Maybe it’s just new.
THE DOCTOR: Have you changed height?
THE DOCTOR: You sure?
CLARA: It’s you, your height, you’re the one who’s changed.
THE DOCTOR: And look at your nose.
CLARA: What about my nose?
THE DOCTOR: It was really cute, I loved your nose, you should’ve kept it.
CLARA: I did, it’s the same nose, it’s the same all of me. You’re the one who’s… regenerated, whatever you call it.
THE DOCTOR: Are you wearing a smell?
CLARA: Do you mean perfume?
THE DOCTOR: Yes, I suppose it could be perfume.
CLARA: You’ve always liked that perfume, you said so.
THE DOCTOR: No I didn’t, that was the Doctor.
CLARA: You’re the Doctor.
THE DOCTOR: Yes, I suppose I am. That’s going to take a bit of getting used to.
CLARA: Yeah, it really is.

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Matt Smith Talks Leaving Doctor Who At Comic-Con & Moffat On Female Time Lord (Video)

Matt Smith is due to regenerate in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special following the events that take place in the 50th Anniversary episode due to air this November.

What could be Smith’s last Comic-Con – at least as Doctor Who – the actor answers a question on why he decided to make the change in his life.

Below you can check out video of Matt Smith answering the question why he is leaving Doctor Who.

And speaking of a new Doctor, showrunner Steven Moffat is also asked about the online rumor that the 12th Time Lord could be a female, in which a rather funny response follows.

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary airs November 23rd featuring John Hurt as “The Doctor” and also stars Jenna Coleman as Clara.

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Panel Set For Comic-Con

Steven Moffat, Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman are set to appear at the upcoming Comic-Con for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Panel.

The panel is scheduled for Sunday 12:30 to 1:30 pm in Hall H.

Here’s the official BBC announcement:

BBC America presents the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary panel featuring Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, An Adventure in Space and Time star David Bradley, and award-winning writer/executive producer Mark Gatiss. The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special will premiere November 23, on BBC America. As part of the celebrations in November, An Adventure in Space and Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who, with David Bradley starring as the first ever Doctor, William Hartnell.


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Matt Smith Says Thank You To Doctor Who Fans (Video)

It’s been recently announced that Matt Smith will be departing Doctor Who, appearing in the 50th Anniversary Special this November and then regenerating in the Christmas Special.

Smith is currently filming Ryan Gosling’s How To Catch A Monster, and took the time out to record the following video thanking the crew, showrunner Steven Moffat, and the fans.

Regarding Smith’s replacement, there have been rumors galore, but the BBC has yet to announce the 12th (or 13th?) Doctor.

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Doctor Who 2013 Christmas Special Confirmed; Steven Moffat Returning For Season 8


It’s been recently confirmed that Doctor Who will return for Season 8 with the return of Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor, and now the BBC has announced that there will be a Christmas Special this year as well.

On top of that it is also confirmed that Steven Moffat will be back for Season 8, as there were previous rumors of his departure.

The Doctor Who Season 7 finale just aired this past weekend which revealed a huge teaser going into this November’s 50th Anniversary special as well.

Now we learn we’ll get more Doctor Who a month later.

Via the BBC:

We’re delighted to confirm a new series of Doctor Who has been commissioned and the show’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, has revealed he’s already plotting a brand new run of adventures for the Doctor.

And given that this year’s Christmas Special will be rounding off such a spectacular year we’re sure it will kick off the Doctor’s next half century in style!

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary airs November 23rd starring Matt Smith and sees the return of David Tennant, Billie Piper, Jemma Redgrave, Joaana Page – and the Zygons!

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Steven Moffat Rumored To Be Leaving Doctor Who

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:7831:]]It’s being said that the BBC is concerned with the direction of Doctor Who with it stated there has been a “creative nosedive” for the series which sees the Season 7 finale air this Saturday.

The Daily Mail says that the BBC is concerned with the “dodgy storylines” from the past 14 episodes as well as the fact that ratings are down upwards of 55% from 2005.

It’s suggested that Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat may be leaving the series after the 50th Anniversary special this November.

A source said the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary seems like a good time for Steven Moffat to bow out and notes something drastic has to happen to improve the ratings.

However, the BBC did counter stating Doctor Who still has the “highest audience share of all dramas on any channel this year and is in the top three most requested shows on iPlayer.”

In addition, the BBC argues the ratings numbers are actually higher, coming in at 8 million viewers, though that would still make it 2 million below the 2005 ratings.

David Tennant returns to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary starring alongside Matt Smith, who has yet to sign on for season 8.

Steven Moffat did recently confirm a Doctor Who Season 8, which does seem to suggest he is still involved.

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Doctor Who Season 8 Confirmed By Steven Moffat


If there was any question whether or not there would be a Doctor Who Season 8, that question is now answered as showrunner Steven Moffat has confirmed it will return for another season.

There have been various questions surrounding the fate of Doctor Who – and even Matt Smith – but at least for now, we know one part of the equation is returning.

At the BAFTA British Television Awards, Moffat stated without a doubt that Doctor Who is coming back.

“This is a thing that just seems to have slipped by… so can I say it very firmly – series eight is absolutely, definitely confirmed,” Moffat said, reports Digital Spy.

“It is real and it’s happening – it’s [taking up] most of my time at the moment.,” he continued. “I get people telling me [that series eight is] not really happening. It really, definitely, honestly is!”

New companion Jenna-Louise Coleman is also said to be confirmed in the report for Doctor Who Season 8, but no mention is made of Matt Smith.

Perhaps we’ll find out Smith’s fate in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary that is set to air in November.

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