Ever since “Doctor Who” returned for a reboot in 2005, it had undergone several changes from Doctor regenerations to companion changes. Heck, even the Master has changed. One thing has not changed though: the show’s popularity. And with that, the show’s executive producer and writer says fans are in for at least five more years of the heroic Time Lord.
“Doctor Who” had been back in geek pop culture fans’ consciousness for ten year now and it is showing no signs of slowing own. The latest serial, serial nine, has definitely upped the ante with two-parter episodes week on week. It was even able to book “Game of Thrones” actress Maisie Williams and fan reaction on Twitter had been phenomenal. That said, the show will not be making an exit any time soon.
In a conversation with Variety, “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat explained that the show might be running for at least five more years…and maybe even more.
“It is definitely going to last five more years, I’ve seen the business plan. It’s not going anywhere. And I think we can go past that. It’s television’s own legend. It will just keep going,” Moffat said.
Even the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, is sticking to the show. Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald, the latest companion, might be saying goodbye by the end of the current serial but not Capaldi. Moffat teased that the Twelfth Doctor is “going nowhere.”
Asked about the success of the show, the 53-year old Scottish said “Doctor Who” is a ‘television predator,’ in that everybody is replaceable. The Doctor and The Master regenerates. Companions may come and go. It is a rare specie of a television show in which it is, basically, immortal.
He even compared the sci-fi, time travelling show to another of BBC’s hit, “Sherlock.” He says no matter how popular the miniseries is, the moment lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch says goodbye, then might also mean the end of the show.
Watch the last of Clara’s episode sand more of Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor as “Doctor Who” series nine is still ongoing. Episode eight, which connects to last Saturday’s episode, airs on BBC America this November 7, 9 p.m.