The new issue of SFX hits stands shortly with a feature story about the upcoming new season of “Doctor Who”.
To preview it, they’ve dropped some key quotes from show runner Steven Moffat about how Peter Capaldi’s takeover of the role will see the more fairy tale style aspects of the Matt Smith-era dropped in favor of something darker and more grounded:
“I think it feels more serious. One of the watchwords we have this year is there are consequences for choosing to live like this. It’s not a fairytale. If you have people back home, if you run away it’s going to have an effect on them. And it’s not necessarily always going to be lovely. And does the Doctor make you better? We want to make it feel that these adventures can hurt.”
This will also impact the relationship between the new Doctor and Clara due to the character’s new personality which is decidedly less warm:
“He’s not as immediately approachable and he’s not necessarily looking for your approval. I would like to restore the sense that when he says ‘Wait here, I’ll be back’ you really hope he’ll be back, but you’re not absolutely convinced. What he’s not doing is reassuring you very much.
From a Doctor she could sort of control, because he had a crush on her, she’s landed with a Doctor who barely registers that she’s a girl. They’re great friends and all that but she has to be his human interface with everybody else.”