“He never raised his voice. That was the worst thing… the fury of the Time Lord… and then we discovered why. Why this Doctor, who had fought with gods and demons, why he had run away from us and hidden. He was being kind…”—Son of Mine from Doctor Who Series 3: “The Family of Blood”
“When Moffat took over from Davies as Doctor Who’s head writer, he was in Hollywood, having been contracted to write three Tintin films for Steven Spielberg. He walked out on Spielberg – what a thing to have on his CV! “I felt really guilty. Far from swaggering out of the building saying, ‘I don’t care about your damn movie’, I felt haunted with guilt because I was the villain. I’m glad they used some of my script in the first film. Steven was lovely about it. He could have sued me.”—
“There will never be a better time to be a Doctor Who fan, I absolutely promise you that,” says showrunner Steven Moffat on the topic of the series’ forthcoming 50th anniversary in 2013.
When quizzed about Doctor Who’s return later in 2012, Moffat did his utmost to encourage fan speculation by saying that there would be “at least” 14 episodes (including the Christmas special) in series seven.
The BBC has signed up to a new Russell T Davies TV show, Aliens Vs Wizards for their children’s CBBC channel, something he has previously described as a “small committment”.
Revealed by his agent’s website, he is also listed as creating the show with Doctor Who writer and Sarah Jane Adventures head writer Phil Ford.
But BBC insiders tell me Ford is not alone in that and much of the crew to Sarah Jane Adventures, which finished half way through its fifth series after the death of lead actress Elizabeth Sladen, are working on the show.
The series is being written by familiar Sarah Jane Adventures writers including Gareth Roberts and Joseph Lidster, is set in the present day and will follow the Sarah Jane Adventures formula of twelve two part half hour episodes.
“When you ask her about Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary in 2013, Skinner won’t say much about what’s planned — it’s all up in the air — but she does say that “the plans for the anniversary are going to be absolutely huge,” and “2013 is going to be the biggest year in the history of Doctor Who so far.” She also can’t say whether the seventh season, filming soon, will all air in the fall, or whether some of it will air in the following spring. “At the moment, we’re just embarking on shooting more episodes than we have done before. But in terms of the schedule, it’s just too early to confirm anything.”—New Doctor Who Showrunner Carol Skinner on the 50th Anniversary