With the entire nation still wondering who the 12th Doctor Who will be, show runner Steven Moffat has revealed his thoughts on the subject.
Current Time Lord, Matt Smith, announced his decision to leave the hit BBC sci-fi series earlier this year causing a media whirlwind trying to double guess just who will take the iconic baton from him and become the next Doctor.
Bookies starting placing odds and taking bets with names in the ring ranging from Harry Potter star Rupert Grint to Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris, but so far the BBC have kept schtum except to insist that an announcement will be made this month after the decision has been made, and an offer accepted by the lucky candidate.
Still this hasn’t stopped the speculation and with many of those linked to the role having since denied all knowledge, it would seem that they are running out of options!
But now, Steven Moffat, the man behind the show, has revealed how emotional the decision to leave the show has been for Smith, and for his predecessor David Tennant before him!
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Moffat explained:
“It’s a difficult thing for any departing Doctor. Curiously enough, it was really to me that David Tennant resigned. Because he was considering whether to continue now that I was taking over. And both of them went through the same experience. It’s not like leaving any other part, it really isn’t. It’s sort of like abdicating [the throne] and it’s genuinely emotional, it’s upsetting. It’s an upheaval in your life.
“It’s something you really have to contemplate. And I remember what both of them said during their period of anguish — when they were contemplating letting somebody else into the TARDIS — they both said, “There’s part of me, I would just stay doing it forever. So, if I don’t leave now, maybe I’ll just carry on forever. And that wouldn’t be right for me or the show.” It was a difficult, emotional experience for both of them.”
When the subject turned to who was being considered to replace Smith, he coyly revealed that he wasn’t going to give anything away but that once a decision had been made and announcement would follow quickly, explaining:
“It’s very very hard to keep any kind of a secret.”
But his next comments that the regeneration would be “traditional” do hint that the rumours that the next Doctor might be the first female or black Time Lord are incorrect:
“It’ll be the traditional regeneration. You know, the eleventh will fall and the twelfth shall rise. And you’ll see that in the closing moments of the show. I mean, you sometimes sit and think, “Are there better ways of doing it? Is there a different way of doing it?” But quite honestly what could be better than that? It’s just too exciting. However we effect it, the Doctor will turn up in his trademark quiff. We can’t have Matt’s last stand in the TARDIS without his proper look.”
On the subject of the show’s 50th anniversary special later this year, he continued:
“It’s a special episode. I think you could call it movie-length, yeah. I mean, I’m saying that with a slight hint of vagueness because I don’t know the finished running time. It’s certainly well over an hour.”
With regards to Matt Smith and David Tennant working together for the first time on the show, he went on:
“They really loved each other and had a huge laugh together. And of course they’ve been through this experience that only the two of them can talk about, really, in the modern world. They are the two people that have played that part at a time when the series is this big. They spent the entire time just sitting together talking animatedly.
“They’re quite a fun pairing, I would say,” he said, “There’s a bit of the normal joshing of each other but they’re both such enthusiastic Doctors. While they might be sort of competing slightly, they’re both standing there saying, “Oh god, it’s so cool, there’s two of me!” So, it’s very different. I think the other one that worked brilliantly was Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton. They were incredibly funny together. This is very different from that but it’s a sublime double act.
“But the rest of it…” he teased, “You’re just going to have to wait until November to find out about.”
Doctor Who returns this November with its 50th anniversary special as well as a BBC2 biopic An Adventure In Space In Time.