Steven Moffat Drops Hints About The Twelfth Doctor’s Regeneration

Despite there being a full season of adventures left to follow the Twelfth Doctor on, thoughts once again turn to his departure, with Steven Moffat sharing his thoughts on Twelve’s final hour this Christmas Day.

Comparing this departure with that of Matt Smith’s regeneration, Moffat, who’ll also be bowing out this Christmas, has told the Radio Times at the BFI and Radio Times Television Festival to expect something very different to the Eleventh Doctor’s last stand on Trenzalore.

“With Matt I had a sort of idea that his entire run should be in the pre-math of a battle he’s having at the end of his life. But with Peter I wasn’t quite sure. I wasn’t sure for a long time whether I’d be writing him out or whether he’d be carrying on with [new showrunner] Chris Chibnall.

“That fits his Doctor, though…His Doctor feels sort of impulsive and in the moment and would do something reckless that you wouldn’t expect. That suits me.”

This less mapped-out plan towards regeneration certainly makes it sound as though the Doctor will not go quietly or perhaps have the moment (which apparently hasn’t been prepared for) come suddenly.

It’s certainly different from the long-hinted at departures for both the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors – which is strange considering this is the first actor since Eccleston who announced that he was to depart with all or most of their series still to play out.

However, the moment comes, there’s still the small matter of actually writing the finale – something which Moffat is wrestling with right now.

“And I mean, you can overstate the difficulty of planning a finale for a Doctor. In the end, any Doctor Who story has such catastrophe going on in it, that he could be the one that gets the rock on his head.

“But I think I’m really happy with what we’re doing for his finale. I’m just working on it now. It’s quite early. I should be further through it, but there you go.”

Doctor Who will return this Saturday with The Pilot on BBC One at 19:20.

  • bar “B.I.”O.

    ‘However the moment comes’ – ‘Well, I do my best.’
    let’s play:
    Saving The Master
    Saving Bill
    Absorbing the power of whatever weapon the Big Bad has released to take over the Earth.
    spending his life-force to trap Rassilon/Omega/Chamcellor Flavia in some holding pattern after they go completely power mad and threaten to universe (again)
    Saving Susan
    escaping a fairy-tale realm but leaving somehting of himself in there for the sake of those who are trapped…
    Shorting himself out meeting Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston and Joanna Lumley.
    ok, I give in.

    • Dr. Moo (ᵖᶦˡᵒᵗᶦⁿᵍ ᵗʰᵉ ᵗᵃʳᵈᶦˢ)

      The last one, please.

      • The Lazy Womble

        By “the last one” do you mean “ok, I give in”?

        • Dr. Moo (ᵖᶦˡᵒᵗᶦⁿᵍ ᵗʰᵉ ᵗᵃʳᵈᶦˢ)

          I mean a 12 and 8 multi-Doctor crossover. I need it.

          PETER CAPALDI
          PAUL MCGANN
          PEARL MACKIE
          NICOLA WALKER
          HATTIE MORAHAN

          Now there’s the opening title credits I want to see!

        • bar “B.I.”O.

          Well it’s better then ‘carrot juice.’

          • The Lazy Womble

            It’s better than “I don’t want to go” 🙂

  • Dr. Moo (ᵖᶦˡᵒᵗᶦⁿᵍ ᵗʰᵉ ᵗᵃʳᵈᶦˢ)

    I’m still in denial.

    • Ranger

      Me to, Moo. He really has become my favourite Doctor, bar none, not even Tom.

    • bar “B.I.”O.

      That’s what the pyramids are about 😉
      btw Moo, I love that your new pic shows the Daleks have become influenced by the Movellans’ 80s Disco look. Dalek Sven does ‘Dancing Queen.’

      • Dr. Moo (ᵖᶦˡᵒᵗᶦⁿᵍ ᵗʰᵉ ᵗᵃʳᵈᶦˢ)

        It’s changing on sunday. Themed series ten avatars, that’s the way to go.

    • FrancoPabloDiablo

      I really thought (and hoped beyond hope) that Capaldi would be the one to go beyond the current ‘3 series’ trend. He had at least another 2 series in him. What Chibs would have done with him is now, sadly, a dream we will never see realised!

  • Rick714

    I was really startled the other day—-on one of the late Colin Baker DVD’s,–probably “Ultimate Foe”—they had an extra of a program called “Open Air” from I think 1988. you’ve probably all seen it. On set was JNT, and via video link up you had the elderly and frail Pip and Jane Baker. Also on set they had a bunch of teenagers from a DW fan club. Basically, they were bad mouthing how silly the stories had become and they were not happy with it. This was brutal. Jane Baker even said right there after all the criticism from these youths, that she had always enjoyed writing Doctor Who. Until today. There was one kid that I just wanted to slap because of his know it all demeanor. Mind you, he *wasn’t wrong* about the show’s deficiencies, it was just awkwardly brutal and untoward doing all that on air.

    What I didn’t realize until two days ago, was that that smart ass 16 year old kid….was Chris Chibnall. He said that felt horrible about it afterward and eventually apologized and made peace with the Bakers but still. I guess on the bright side, he’s a life long fan?