Moffat Talks “Doctor Who” In 2012

A while back a lot of online talk began that next year’s “Doctor Who” season would be truncated or a series of specials due to budget cuts and show runner Steven Moffat’s busy schedule juggling both ‘Who’ and “Sherlock”. Moffat has now responded, calling the talk “absolute nonsense”.

The show runner tells The Daily Beast that “We are airing in 2012. The only thing that’s happening is that we’re moving a bit later…There’s lots of reasons for that that will become clear quite soon…It is certainly not a reduced episode count. Do you think the BBC would really let that happen? With an average audience of 10 million?… Doctor Who’s international profile is huge. it’s never been more successful. You’re not going to reduce a show like this. The opposite is going to happen, in fact.”

Asked about whether he or Matt Smith have made exit plans, Moffat says “I’ll run out of stamina before I run out of ideas is the absolute truth, because I am living a life without a single day off…So, at a certain point, that may prove to be too much. I’m not feeling that right now. I love doing it. I slightly dread the idea of leaving, to be honest.”

This season has been notably arc-heavy and complicated, don’t expect that to continue though – “This is the most arc-intensive we’ve ever been and I’m throwing the lever the other way next year” he says.

One unexpectedly insightful comment was his approach to relationships. While the previous companions in the Russell T. Davies-era all had active family lives with parents and siblings in the mix on top of their relationships, Amy Pond has essentially been defined by the men she’s with. Asked about the character having any family life or life outside of Rory, Moffat seems initially confused before saying “I can’t think of anyone who isn’t defined by their relationships.” Hmm.

Click here for the full interview.