Would former showrunner, Steven Moffat, return to Doctor Who? In the past, he’s scoffed at the very suggestion, but the Sherlock co-creator swerved the question when asked about coming back on Newsnight, jokingly responding “Am I a politician? Do I have to answer your questions?”
When pressed by presenter, Kirsty Wark, Moffat said:
“It’s really very recent that I quit Doctor Who… Look, I love, I absolutely adore Doctor Who; it’s the most wonderful show. But it’s in very safe hands with Russell [T Davies, new/old showrunner].”
Moffat was showrunner on Doctor Who from Series 5 in 2010 to Twice Upon a Time in 2017, so after such a long spell, we’re sure it still feels very fresh for him. Nonetheless, he contributed to the series quite a few times under Davis’ previous stewardship, delivering such phenomenal scripts as The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances, The Girl in the Fireplace, Blink, and Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead.
So he admits to trying to find out what’s coming up for Doctor Who from Davies:
“I always stay in touch with Russell and ask him what he’s up to and so on, of course I do.
“That doesn’t mean I’m dashing off to Cardiff on the train tomorrow – unless I am…”
Moffat is one of my favourite writers, so to have him writing for the Fifteenth Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) would be a dream. Nonetheless, you can see his point, and Doctor Who is a show that needs to look forwards, not back.
Would you like to see Steven come back? Which other writers would you like to write for the show again?