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Steven Moffat on his Doctor Who Future

capaldi-moffat-2013Steven Moffat has spoken about his future as Doctor Who’s lead writer.

In an interview with Assignment X Moffat gave some thoughts on how long he thinks he be running both Sherlock and Doctor Who.

He said: “You never know that in advance. If we weren’t enjoying it, or we didn’t think there was anything good left to do, we’d stop, but we haven’t reached that point yet, is all we can say.

“I can envision just doing [Sherlock] for a while – for quite a while, possibly. The fact that we only do it occasionally means it’s not swamping anyone’s schedule.

He adds: “Eventually, I’ll stop doing Doctor Who, because it stops me doing anything else. But Sherlock doesn’t swamp my schedule, doesn’t swamp anyone. So I could imagine we’ll come back and do Sherlock fairly often for many years, rather than very often for a few years.”

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LoganWilliams
LoganWilliams

Looking back, Capaldi was almost in costume there.

SilentDoctor
SilentDoctor

I love many things that Moffat has done for the show, and I adore Sherlock. However some ideas haven't really gone so well, and I think that some new blood would in no way hurt Doctor Who

lukashcartoon
lukashcartoon

I've enjoyed his run so far: I think that Moffat had some misses, some hits-as every run does.

7 had some of the weakest- bur 5 and 6 were solid ground. But overall I think 7 had a great concept. Individual stories, big epic concepts. A few of the Clara episodes were not memorable. I mean I enjoy them when I watch them, but nothing special. Especially disappointing was the Cyberman episode.

Let see where 8 takes us... I really think 4 should be the limit... But that's just me :)

Oodkind
Oodkind

First, I just have to get out of the way, I love his writing, most of the time. All his episodes in the RTD era were brilliant. As a show runner, however, I think he is very hit or miss. 

Series 5 had some great episodes, and his writing was quite good. The plot arc was overall interesting, and the series rounded off well. 9/10, for me.

Series 6 was not quite as good. It started strong, but the arc was too prominent for me and ruined a lot of moments. It seemed too forced. The general idea was good, but the execution wasn't. I would give it a 7/10, however, because the idea was very interesting.

Then we got to series 7, and everything seemed tired. Every plot was similar in that it started good, but then he tried to force his "epic" plot points in and it was too much. The endings were usually rushed and unsatisfying. And then there was that awful series split because I guess he was too tired to do more than those episodes in a year, you know with Sherlock and all. (Quietly forget RTD's Who, Torchwood and SJA in the same year.) 

And then we got to part 2, and it was more of the same. Everything was forced, leaving the plots to rushed and characters too shallow. Most of the ideas were reused, though that isn't necessarily his fault. Then we got to the end of the series, and the finale had some good ideas, though it still didn't seem very well thought out. After Time came out, in all it's disappointing glory, there was a clear problem: too much "epic" action and not enough plot or development. 

So now we get to season 8, and we have the question. Now Moffat has already said there is going to be a big change, so I hope that we will go back to his old type of writing: paying more attention to continuity and plot than action. We will see how Series 8 goes, and if it goes brilliantly, he can stay another season. But if he does again what he did the last couple years, he has to go.

The Questor
The Questor

I`ll reserve judgement after Series 8. Series 5 was excellent, while Series 6 was decent; but the episodes Moffat wrote were poor, along with the convoluted story arcs and the mess that was River Song. I really liked Series 7, while the 50th anniversary special was fantastic. The 11th Doctor's exit was good, although the episode has bits that I struggle to watch. It's been more good than bad.




So I`ll see what he does with the 12th Doctor, then make a call on it. But I do like Moffat, I will say that. And if he ever does go, I'd like for him to continuing writing Doctor Who episodes. 







the doctors name is bob
the doctors name is bob

I think Steven Moffat first season and a half were brilliant and masterfully television but as the series went on his scripts have been getting weaker in my opinion.

Let's Kill Hitler: This was awful television not only did it ruin River's back story it wasted great potential.

The Wedding of River Song: This gave us a cop-out resuloution on how the doctor faked his death but it handled the brigadiers death in one of the most heartbreaking scenes ever

Asylum of the Daleks: I cannot stand this story, it ruins the daleks continuity and gives us a stupid divorce subplot that could have been cut from the episode entirely

The Angels Take Manhattan: The episode was going great until Amy and Rory's departure which left so many plot holes

The bells of san't john, the name of the doctor and day of the doctor were all really good up until the point where I could forgive Moffat but then he gave us

The Time of the Doctor: Matt Smith deserved better, he gave us a wonderful doctor and seeing him in old mans makeup was just awful and with all the plot holes being resolved in many throw away lines is just lazy writing, Capaldi's entrance as good as it was couldn't save a the episode in my opinion.

I think its time for a new show runner just like it was when Russell T Davies left.

geraint4477
geraint4477

Ok so most of the posts I've put on here have been negative, I'm sorry but that's the way the show is making me feel. Yes it's won awards but the series is still lacking something.

If Who is still pretending to be a childrens program it's not working and the Moff needs to take it by the scruff of the neck and get on with it! The concept makes it an ideal childrens program but an awesome adult serial it could be. The fans have grown up....even the NuWho fans have and Dr.Who needs to grow up with them.

It's better to have the program still being made rather than not and I'm thankful for that but your missing a trick Moffat. The 50th promised to set us on in a new direction, change Who forever....well as far as I can see it's the same format with the possibility of added Timelords.

naoise406
naoise406

Not eshamed of myself saying this but I would be delighted if Moffat leaves. I'm not just another Rtd fan boy but I have just hated the last three seasons. Far too childish, terrible characters, terrible character development, awful villains, very unpolished and way too much plot holes. And also sexism.

Certainly my least favourite thing from the last three seasons has been lack of sense of threat. I knew it was always going to be different but still it would still have a sense of threat because doctor who has always had a sense of threat, but no. The last three seasons have been far too childish and

YgorVale
YgorVale

Moffat's hour is over now, the clock is striking someone elses, Yeah, I can't rhyme

liamhutchinson1987
liamhutchinson1987

Steven Moffat has been a very strong and creative force on Doctor Who and has done many amazing things for the show....but he has been in charge of the show since 2010 and one thing the show thrives on is change and as a fan it is something I welcome. I think a change of behind-the-scenes staff should occur for 2015.

sontaran17
sontaran17

Personally I think Steven Moffat is the best thing to ever happen to Doctor Who, The Eleventh Doctor Era is my favourite over all, closely followed by Second Doctor, then Tenth, then Third then Ninth and so on... but I dont think that Moffat has failed us once, he's brought millions more fans in and has produced 3 brilliant seasons, especially Season 7. My Dream is that Moffat eventually step down with Capaldi after 4 Marvelous Seasons

RhonDOH
RhonDOH

Dear Mr. Moffat~

Please consider the gagillions of requests you have received from Sherlock-loving Whovians for a crossover before you go. Even if it's just a tiny one. You teased us in The Snowmen. We would like to see the Otter meet The Doctor just once.

Thank yoooouuuu! :)

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

Hmm. I like Moffat as showrunner, TBH. Actually I prefer him over RTD. Yes, RTD did execute stories better sometimes, but Moffat created more memorable one-off or near-one-off characters (Craig, Sally etc) and had a better camera angle.

On the other hand, I do think that Moffat does muck things up sometimes. Perhaps he's trying a bit too hard to impress the kiddos. The plotlines for Sherlock, an adult show, are much easier to follow.

Overall, I do want Moffat to run the show for a few more seasons, but it would be best if he picked up a few habits from RTD.

DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

Let him go, We need a new fresh perspective for the 12th Doctor. In My opinion Moffat should have left and let a New Showrunner handle the 12th Doctor. I hope he's gone by years end.

AlmightyAllan
AlmightyAllan

Let the Moffat bashing commence! But on a more serious note, I do honestly believe that just as the Doctor must change so does the writing team. It made complete sense for RTD to hand the reigns over to Moffat at the end of the Tenth Doctors era. And I was hoping that with Eleven now gone so to would Moffat. But you know.. I'm not that fussed over it. Moffat has really done wonders with the past three series of Doctor Who. And I have no doubt that he'll continue to make good quality episodes in future. But I do see that soon he should call it quits and let someone else take charge. Makes sense right? Just as the character keeps changing so to must the writing and the narrative. Each era is unique and brilliant in their own right and when I compare the modern series to the classics I can't help but feel like this show is vastly better than what it use to be. 


Electric_Tuna
Electric_Tuna

Shame "eventually" isn't this year.  I know most people give him the benefit of the doubt, but his approach to Doctor Who gets worse and worse every year.  Yes, his stories are OKAY, but for the most part they're just confusing and over the top.  Like Time of the Doctor, it wasn't necessary for all of those Who monsters to be there at once, but he said there should be, so that was that.  Anyway, yeah, no more Moffat.

Rainbow Kidneys
Rainbow Kidneys

I wonder if Steven Moffat would leave with Capaldi still in the role of The Doctor. I barely have watched the classic era, so I don't know if it already happened of the headwriter change and the same Doctor stay. It hasn't happened yet in modern Who. I wonder if this would interfere too much in the tone and writing of the current Doctor (probably, Capaldi). I genuinely  wouldn't mind Moffat arround the next couple of years. At least right now.




























Gallifreyan Doctor
Gallifreyan Doctor

He should stay for as long as he wants to, the 50th Episode was the best he's done so far, if only he would have that style and flare for the rest of the episodes.

firstdavros1975
firstdavros1975

The shows needs a bit of a RTD era mix again, could be nice :)

aidanisjustme
aidanisjustme

I'd really like Nicholas Briggs to take over as head writer, a sort of figurehead who links the televised series and BF, maybe we might even get some more references, perhaps returning companions who are audio only.


JFrance
JFrance

Steven Moffat can stay as long as he wants IMO, I am enjoying his era very much but I do think we are nearer to the end of his era though.  

KyleWHO
KyleWHO

Series 8 (from what we know so far) would seem like a good departure point for Steven Moffat. The 50th anniversary, the casting of Capaldi, the whole direction the show seems to be headed in, all feels pretty exciting and perfect. He can set the show up for another 50 years and hand it off to a new show runner. I think the time is fast approaching.

Pockydon
Pockydon

As much as I love Moffat and his writing style, I really do think it's time for him to go. It feels like he's starting to run out of ideas, and while I would love him to stay and write a story a year like he used to, I think he's done about all he can as showrunner.

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

Steven Moffat will so go after series 8. no way is he going to last beyond that point. 

lp229
lp229

I am quite content with Steven staying on, but feel that the show needs a fresh approach. In my opinion, the stories need to be neater and less convoluted. Doctor Who would also really benefit with fewer but longer stories, much like the classic series, or more recently, Sherlock. The writers restrict themselves by abiding by the 45 minute episode format, and how many potential classics in the past have we been deprived of as a result of a shortage in screen time like 'The Rings of Akhaten'? With the heavy emphasis being on on story arcs, the individual episodes have felt like just a means to an end. I miss being satisfied with a well thought out out and logically complete story. Doctor Who could be greatly revitalised by changing the existing format, or at the very least, bringing back two-part episodes. 


It would not suprise me if Moffas has already chosen to step down after series 8 and Gatiss has been lined up to replace him. Given his prior experience on Doctor Who and working for the BBC, in addition to his close relationship with Moffat, he would be seen as the natural choice. I remember reading also, that Mark is friends with Peter Capaldi and invited him on the set of 'An Adventure in Space and Time'. 



notYourGoldfish
notYourGoldfish

@DontsovaMarfa Yes, one day someone will have to replace him.


Actually I'm shocked that a petition like that even exists. And that people are signing it. Who's eps are cinema worthy (do I need to point out that 'The Day of the Doctor' did great at the box office?). Not all of them, but thanks to Moffat we had an amazing anniversary episode. 


Fortunately, the BBC is not dumb. Moffat is the best writer they have ATM, with Who and Sherlock being their most valuable products (going by figures). And that's all that matters to them. Seriously, do you think it's a coincidence the BBC offered  Sherlock the prime-time slot on Christmas day, which is the most valuable time slot of the year? They wanted to air DW and Sherlock on the same day (feel free to imagine an internet meltdown, but that's not the BBC's problem). And Moffat has a say in both of them. The Beeb knows he is good, an a petition won't change a thing. 

SilentDoctor
SilentDoctor

Plus I hate the series splits/huge gaps.

notYourGoldfish
notYourGoldfish

@ivegotkidneysDo you remember the quality the eps had when RTD was Who's showrunner? Since Moffat took over Who's finales have become less cringey and there haven't been any episodes which we agreed to hate as a community (unlike Love and Monster, Fear Her, 42). Besides, I think The Doctor's Day is among the most perfect Who eps of all time. Do you think RTD would have done a better job? Or anyone else? 


My problem with people saying that Moffat should leave Who is that he's still the best option we have.

OliverTrussell
OliverTrussell

@Oodkind  Well I thought Time was good :p But yeh it seems like he's set a nice trajectory with the whole Gallifrey thing, I like the idea of having a clear direction. I thought it was clever how he linked it in with the cracks in time as well. I'm interested to see what he does with Series 8.

MarlonJBonnici
MarlonJBonnici

@Oodkind Think about it the sers 5 and 6 finale's were almost the same. I wrote a detailed explanation of how on another article here but thanks to the big switch up it's probably lost now.

Oodkind
Oodkind

@the doctors name is bob I pretty much agree with you on everything except Let's Kill Hitler, which I think was better than a lot of people think it was, but that's just my opinion. But besides that, you took the thought right out of my head.

AztecsDaleksAndCavemen
AztecsDaleksAndCavemen

@sontaran17 Doctor Who has certainly been more popular than ever and Moffat and RTD are 21st century heroes. Doctor Who has consistently drawn viewers since 2005 and the success isn't just because of Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith. It's the showrunners.

For that reason I would underline the importance of fans running the show. It's changed everything.

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

Dear Mr. Moffat,

Please don't ever do that.

Thanks!

Strontium
Strontium

@lp229  I have to completely agree (other than I really don't like Gatiss' Doctor Who stories, he is my least favourite Who writer). Although I like 45 minutes (it feels right for Doctor Who), 2 part stories are better than 1 part only, and they are indeed more logical. The Library and the Sontaran episodes are perfect examples of this.









Me and Stuff
Me and Stuff

@lp229 If Moffat left after series 8, we would already know about it. Moffat was announced two full years before he took over. 

The funny thing is, series 7 was already a lot less arc-heavy than series 6. The Time of the Doctor just brought the whole Silence stuff back into our minds. 

And I wouldn't be surprised if series 8 and 9 will be a little more straight-forward, given that the Doctor has a clear purpose now, finding Gallifrey.

_MJASalt_
_MJASalt_

@notYourGoldfish I am sorry but "The Day of the Doctor" was absolutely F****** crap, they is over a million negative things that I could say about the 50th anniversary and the time length is one of them, 75 minutes is too short especially for cinema and they is no need to have it in 3D (3D is old), I would of made the anniversary special at least 2 hours, and try and get as many returning guests as possibly.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               They wasted £10,200,000 and filming the anniversary special Doctor Who makes over £1.8 billion a year world wide from us fans and they saying don't have enough money to increase the budget for the episodes, It doesn't not help when they sold BBC Television Studio (Which if you didn't know was the biggest Media Studio in the World) for £200,000,000 and now they are renting it back. The only stories that Moffat is good at is with the Weeping Angels. I can write better stories than him.  The Fourth doctors' scarf is completely different than the one that Osgood was wearing (Osgood looks like the replica that the BBC sell at BBC Shop. The Zygons had nothing to do with Gallifrey or the Time Lords so it was irrelevant to the story.                                                                                                                                                              And if you think that Steven Moffat is the best writer they have, then explain this; Why is the continuity doesn't follow on from each 2(or 3) part stories? For example at the end of "The Name of the Doctor" the doctor see himself as the War Doctor in his own Time Stream, but then in "The Day of the Doctor" Both the doctor and Clara is out of his own Time Stream and Clara is working at Coal Hill School and the doctor is in his TARDIS reading Advanced Quantum Mechanics for Dummies.    SO WHERE IS THE WAR DOCTOR AT THE BEGINNING OF THE ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, THE CONTINUITY IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR STORIES, THE BEGINNING OF THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR SHOULD HAVE CONTINUED WITH MEETING THE WAR DOCTOR IN HIS OWN TIME STREAM. I don't think that Moffat knows how to write a proper story.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And on the cinema opening scene, the doctor said that he just seen the 100th anniversary special featuring all 57 doctors in 12D, Well I know that 12D is not going to happen, but he said all 57 doctors so in 2063 they need to have all the doctors featured in the episode, if not I WILL get the BBC sued for FALSE INFORMATION. I hate people/Companies lying to me, and I will go as far as closure to Doctor Who or even the BBC.



MarlonJBonnici
MarlonJBonnici

In your opinion yeah. Personally I find Moffat's episodes gag worthy with him doing all of three episodes I haven't found to be terrible. But as always to each their own.

sontaran17
sontaran17

@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @sontaran17  Exactly my point- The show runners have everything to do with the quality of the show- See JNT's era, how it gradually declined in quality- NOT because he wasnt a fan, but because he didnt want to be showrunner, Showrunners that are Fans who are still enthusiastic about = Recipe for success

lp229
lp229

@Me and Stuff @lp229  Why are you assuming that we would already know about it based on the past? It is up to the production team and the BBC when they want to announce it. Both have been very secretive of developments within these past few years, so it would not surprise if they decided to keep it under wraps.                                                                                                                                                                                   I agree that the 'Silence will Fall' arc had a small presence in Series 7, but don't forget that the mystery of Clara was an arc in itself, which we heavily reminded of in each episode.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Yes, I suspect that the writing style will change for the 12th Doctor.  







JulianPrime
JulianPrime

I disagree there. I think he will leave after 8 and to announce it now would take some of the shine away from the new Doctor. His tenure will also mirror RTD if he goes then.

Strontium
Strontium

@Me and Stuff @lp229  I think that it would be in the newspapers actually. Maybe not the front page, but it would be in many somewhere. It's not minor, it's a big deal. The showrunner has as much impact on the show as the actors themselves. Doctor Who TV for some reason I am unable to insert new lines in my comments, and it sometimes comes up with an error message not letting me post.





Me and Stuff
Me and Stuff

@lp229 @Me and StuffFirstly, there's no reason to keep the identity of a new showrunner secret. The showrunner is not a star, it's not something newspapers will have headlines about. 

And also, if Moffat left after series 8 then he would have to leave pretty much now, since it's fair to assume that the new series is written by now. Not only would that mean that he lied to us in that interview (I know, rule 1, blah blah, but I just don't see why he would lie about something that doesn't have to do with something that happens in the show itself) the new showrunner would already be working on series 9. Why go through all the trouble of keeping something minor like that secret?

Amy the Consulting Key Ring
Amy the Consulting Key Ring

But why should his tenure mirror RTD's? You wouldn't quit a job you liked after four months just because the person before you did.