Moffat on the Doctor/Companion Relationship for Series 9
Steven Moffat has spoken about his plans for the Doctor/companion relationship in Series 9, whoever that companion may be. Though his comments may give Clara fans hope.
Moffat is asked by SFX magazine what elements he plans to build on in Series 9 and he replies: “Obviously Peter and Jenna. Well, if Jenna’s in it… [laughs].”
He continues: “Just the depth of that companion relationship. We took the Doctor/companion relationship to a place that’s just more real, much more damaging and with more consequences. And whoever the companion is, you want to continue that idea. It can be a thrilling, exciting relationship but actually it can be a dangerous one too. That felt quite powerful and potent.
He adds: “What we did this year felt like what it would be like if a young girl got into a very intense friendship with an older time traveller. It’s not the romantic version, it’s not the thwarted romantic version, it’s not the friendship version, it’s not the fairytale version or the imaginary friend version. It’s probably the version that would actually happen.
“And when you’re a few years into the show, once you’re actually secure in its fundamentals, you can do that. You can actually play it out as if it’s real – often exciting, sometimes a bit dangerous.”