Steven Moffat on Series 10 Finale: ‘Properly Exciting as Doctor Who Has Ever Been’

Steven Moffat has sat down with the lovely people at Doctor Who Magazine to discuss the first part of Series 10’s finale and it sounds like it’s going to be a belter.

During the exclusive Series 10 preview in issue 513 (out now), Moffat discusses the notion of ‘time dilation’, horror in Doctor Who, and the beginning of the end.

Featuring an idea from Moffat’s son Joshua, who has a keen interest in physics, World Enough and Time, sees the “four-strong TARDIS crew” of the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Bill (Pearl Mackie), Nardole (Matt Lucas), and Missy (Michelle Gomez) trapped on a spaceship being sucked into a super massive black hole – causing the ship to suffer time dilation, which means that “two days have passed at the front of the spaceship, thousands of years at the back.”

Not only that, the ship features a “grim, ghostly hospital” in which much of the episode is set, Steven told DWM:

“We had to make sure that our hospital didn’t look very much like any hospital you’d ever actually go to. So it’s quite operatic. Huge hospital sets. Huge wards. That’s not where kids will go and visit their grannies. It doesn’t look like that. At the same time, Doctor Who is in the business of making every dark corner and creepy cupboard seem extra scary – kids expect it to be a bit scary – so you’ve got those two things sort of at war with each other. But that’s the nature of the show.”

When asked exactly how far Doctor Who could push the horror angle on prime-time BBC One on a Saturday night, Moffat said:

“Exactly as far as we’ve gone, I would say. Doctor Who is quite horrific, so you’ve got to deliver on those things. But you try to push it away from real-life horror.”

Judging by Moffat’s enthusiasm for Series 10 finale, we could be in for something very special indeed:

“When you see these episodes, I think you’ll love them – because we love them. I love them. Episode 11 is as properly exciting as Doctor Who has ever been, and, I suppose, it’s the beginning of the end…”

Doctor Who Magazine #513 is available now from all good stockists.

  • bar’s 8shadesof12

    ‘Beginning of the end.’ sniff. 🙁 Must get those tissues in.

  • Dr. Moo (lying the land)

    BREAKING: Doctor Who writer says he’s written a good Doctor Who storyline, more on this as it develops……

    • FrancoPabloDiablo

      Moff waxed lyrical about the abomination that was Dark Water/Death In Heaven too so I’m really holding back all expectations about this one – especially as Missy is in it too. It could go either way! I just don’t want the return of the Mondasian Cybermen to be a let down and scupper any future appearances.

      • Dr. Moo (lying the land)

        The man’s promoting his own work, so grab the salt and take a pinch of it.
        DW/DiH isn’t an abomination, it’s wonderful.

        • FrancoPabloDiablo

          Each to their own. The Brig as a Cyberman though – no thank you as far as I’m concerned. And my wife is always telling me I consume too much salt as it is so unfortunately I’m not in a position to take even the slightest pinch. And of course he is promoting his work and saying it is good. When have you ever heard someone in his position say what they have done is actually rubbish and you won’t like it? Just cause they say it is going to be great doesn’t mean it will be.

        • Womble in a pyramid

          Dark Water is an above average episode elevated by the “Do you think I care so little” exchange. Death in Heaven is a distinctly below par episode.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Oh, the “do you think I care for you so little” moment was indeed beautiful. A rare saving grace in what mostly was a terrible story.

    • Planet of the Deaf

      “It’s alright I suppose” mumbled Steven Moffat to Doctor Who Magazine. “Not one of my best stories, but you know how it it sometimes. Worth watching anyway, well if you’ve nothing better to do”

  • Dr. Moo (lying the land)

    That said, everything I hear about that episode makes it sound like Moffat’s decided to go fully insane in his final finale. And it sounds amazing.