In a wonderful interview with Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat, it’s been revealed that the original script for Twice Upon A Time was 30 minutes longer than the final version!
Former Doctor Who Magazine editor, Tom Spilsbury spoke to the two ex-showrunners (the first time the pair have been interviewed together… on video at least) primarily about their Target novelisations of Rose and The Day of the Doctor. Their books relaunched the range, alongside James Goss’ City of Death, Jenny T. Colgan’s The Christmas Invasion, and Paul Cornell’s Twice Upon A Time. The latter is, of course, Peter Capaldi’s swansong as the Twelfth Doctor, screened at Christmas 2017.
And Moffat revealed that, not only did Cornell adapt the festive script before it was properly finished, but also that the episode was much longer than the final broadcast serial:
“We were nowhere near finished. We cut half an hour for time. It was longer than Dunkirk… and I actually mean the historical event, not the movie! It was very long.”
This is a small nugget of trivia in a bargain bucket of… well, trivia nuggets.
The interview really is a joy to watch – mainly because the friendship between Davies and Moffat is palpable. We’d happily watch a new series of Doctor Who Confidential consisting solely of the two scribes reminiscing about their time on the world’s greatest sci-fi show.
What are you waiting for? Get stuck in!
So would you like to see a 90-minute version of Twice Upon A Time? Or was an hour of brooding more than enough for you? Let us know in the comments below!