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Steven Moffat on Returning to Doctor Who: “It’s Fine Without Me!”

Would former showrunner, Steven Moffat, return to write for Doctor Who? He says not — because he’s enjoying the show as it is!

Moffat, who helmed the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor eras, explained:

“Look at my ageing face. How can I fit in? And I know, because I’ve seen the feedback, that people think I’m being evasive on the subject. The truth is, if I say anything negative about Doctor Who, it goes everywhere — like ‘boom, everywhere,’ right?

“It doesn’t exactly bring joy to the world that I just say something negative about Doctor Who. The fact is, it’s fine without me.”

And then he enthused:

“We’ve got Russell [T Davies, showrunner] there. We’ve got a bunch of new writers there. We’ve got Ncuti [Gatwa, Fifteenth Doctor actor] there. It’s all good.”

Nonetheless, rumours abound that he has written something for the upcoming series, the first to star Ncuti as the Time Lord, alongside Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday.

But let’s not forget that Moffat has written loads of Doctor Who, including some of the best episodes like: The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances, Blink, The Eleventh Hour, The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, A Christmas Carol, The Snowmen, The Day of the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor, Listen, Last Christmas, Heaven Sent, The Pilot, and World Enough and Time/ The Doctor Falls. We should be grateful for what he’s added to the programme… and yet, that’s exactly why many of us would like to see more from him. He’s one of those brilliant writers who get Doctor Who.

And if anyone can twist Steven’s arm, it’s Russell T Davies.

But heck, let’s wait and see. Yes, this is us finishing an article about Moffat saying he’s not returning to Doctor Who by saying he could still return to Doctor Who. Deal with it.

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Steven Moffat on Returning to Doctor Who: “It’s Fine Without Me!”

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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