It’s two years until Doctor Who turns fifty, yet the BBC are already in talks about how they plan on marking the anniversary. Steven Moffat, the man in charge of proceedings, has suggested that instead of simply one special, he is considering multiple shows in celebration.
âWhy talk in the singular?” He told The Scotsman. “The plans are at an early stage, but we have some very clear ideas about some of the things weâre doing, and I think Doctor Who fans and kids will think itâs the best thing ever. Weâve got a load of very big plans â the mere fact that weâre talking about it two years before the event should tell you how seriously weâre taking it.â?
Purists of the programme will also be pleased to hear that Moffat has quashed recent rumours of a big-screen Hollywood adaptation, which some have speculated might be completely dislocated from the TV series.
âItâs completely inaccurate!â? said Moffat. âThereâs nothing there. I mean it would be lovely, yes. If anything, the only good bit about this is that it might actually focus our minds on thinking that we actually should do a film”.
He went on to explain that the very idea would be a disaster: âItâs not going to be a different version of Doctor Who with two different doctors at the same time. Of course not, weâre not that silly. That would be no way to run a franchise, would it?â?
He did not rule out the idea completely however, âIâd love it to happen, but that version you heard was just a guy getting cornered on the red carpet and not really being on-message.â?
When asked about his future, Moffat seemed as enthusiastic as ever, but confessed that he “doesn’t have a plan.”
“Iâll probably have to stop at some point or Iâll die,” he joked. “And dying would be bad. But my main concern is not so much how long I do it, but that I absolutely, definitely am going to be handing it on to somebody else. I want it to be in great shape, and some day I want somebody else to come in and knock my socks off with what they do with it. You donât want to be the last person in the relay race, do you?â?