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Confirmed: Steven Moffat IS Returning to Write A New Doctor Who Episode for Ncuti Gatwa

It’s official: former showrunner, Steven Moffat, has written an episode for the upcoming season of Doctor Who, the first series to star Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor.

Moffat was showrunner between Series 5 and Series 10, but wrote episodes like The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances, The Girl in the Fireplace, and Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead before he took on that role. His classic Blink introduced the world to the Weeping Angels too!

Now he’s back, returning alongside Showrunner Russell T Davies, as he writes a whole new adventure for the upcoming season debuting this May.

Moffat says:

“Yes, okay, fair enough – apologies to everyone I’ve very slightly misled – I am in fact writing an episode of the series of Doctor Who. Exactly like I said I never would. What can I tell you? There was begging, there was pleading but finally, Russell agreed to let me have another go – so long as I got out of his garden. Working with old friends and a brand new Doctor, I couldn’t be happier. Sorry, I was a bit reticent on the subject for so long. It was all part of an elaborate plan that would have delighted millions but at the last minute I forgot what it was.”

Directing the adventure will be BAFTA, Emmy, and Golden Globe nominee Julie-Anne Robinson, who also directed the Series 14 premiere, coming in May. She’ll be directing two episodes, i.e. one by Moffat and one very likely by Davies (the series opener).

Julie-Anne Robinson says:

“It was a tremendous honour to direct episodes of Doctor Who for the BBC and Disney+. This beloved franchise is 60 years old and still going strong. It is part of our collective memory as Brits. I’ve always admired Russell T Davies and Ncuti Gatwa is an unbelievably talented actor who has stepped into the role of the Fifteenth Doctor effortlessly, alongside the equally talented Millie Gibson. Steven Moffat gave me an intense challenge as a director. I asked him for a keyword to describe the overall tone of the episode he said: ‘Hitchcock’. I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks. I’m grateful to Bad Wolf, the BBC and Disney+. It was an incredible experience.”

We’re in a frenzy trying to think of Hitchcock puns.

Oh, and we’re so happy that Steven is back! He’s my favourite Doctor Who writer, a massive influence on me, so to see more from him is incredibly exciting.

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.

Confirmed: Steven Moffat IS Returning to Write A New Doctor Who Episode for Ncuti Gatwa

by Philip Bates time to read: 2 min
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