Doctor Who creator Steven Moffat told Richard Bacon that the BBC will “never give up on Doctor Who, because it’s such a huge money-spinner” yesterday. How do we know about this conversation? Well because it took place on Richard Bacon’s Five Live Radio Show..
“It’s doing better than ever abroad – the global number of people watching Doctor Who has just gone up and up and up,” the Doctor Who show-runner.told Bacon. “It was the most downloaded show on American iTunes last year – there’s not a chance of the BBC giving up on Doctor Who, not at all.”
But what did Moffat make of the accusation that viewers are being treated to shorter and shorter seasons?
“We’re just splitting it over Christmas, we’re making the same number of episodes as usual,” he explained. “We delayed it a few months to start it later in the year, that’s all that’s happened.”
As any journalist worth his bacon should do, the radio host also tried to get a few morsels out of Moffat on the feverishly-anticipated seventh series. Unsurprisingly, Moffat was tight-lipped on plot developments, but he was keen to praise the Doctor’s new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.
“When a new companion comes in it sort of reboots the show a little bit, it makes you look at the Doctor differently, it makes the show feel different,” he suggested.
“It’s literally a new beginning, you’re back to chapter one – in a way [the show is] always a story of someone getting to know the Doctor, and now it’s Jenna’s character.. she’s wonderful and spiky and salty and clever”.
“I’m thrilled with her – everyone’s going to be,” he said.