Steven Moffat says he will quit Doctor Who, but not Sherlock!

by Anna Howell
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With all the uncertainty currently surrounding the future of Sherlock, fans will be pleased to know that one thing that is definitely not going to change is the presence and influence of Steven Moffat – Unfortunately for Whovians, however, the same can’t be said for Doctor Who!

Over the past week the topic of cult television has been around the how’s and where’s of the fourth series of Sherlock, with speculation mounting by the day.

Having finished series three last month fans of the phenomenal BBC detective series were all eager to find out how long they would have to wait for the fourth series – Not an unreasonable request seeing as it was over two years between series 2 & 3!

At first we were told production would begin as soon as possible, with the busy schedules of the shows two main stars benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who have found global adoration and fame since the show began, stated as the reason for any delays.

However, as the weeks have gone by this promise has been diluted somewhat with the length and amount of episodes being brought into question, followed by reports yesterday that co-creator Steven Moffat has now said that series four will take as long as it takes.

But there is some good news to report today, and that is that Moffat has now said that he has no intentions of leaving Sherlock all the time it is still being made.

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Unfortunately, in the same breath he also said this would not be the case for his other high-profile project – Doctor Who!

Moffat has worked on both shows simultaneously for the past 4 years, but in a recent interview with Assignment X the writing genius has revealed that, whilst Sherlock fans can expect him to see the show through to the end, he will eventually have to stop working on Doctor Who, as it takes up too much of his time.

Moffat told the publication that he will ‘eventually’ leave the show behind, because it impacts so much on what other shows he can commit to. Sherlock on the other hand, thanks to it’s short series’ and infrequent runs ‘doesn’t swamp’ his schedule and rule out other projects.

In a real boost for Sherlock fans, Moffat admitted that he can see himself and the team reuniting to make more and more episode of the BBC drama for ‘many years.’

Sherlock is due to start production on its fourth series ‘at some point’ with some reports even suggesting a return as early as this Christmas.

Doctor Who is currently filming its eighth series, the first full series to star Peter Capaldi as the 12th incarnation of the infamous Time Lord following Matt Smith’s departure last Christmas, and is expected to be broadcast later in the year.

Watch an interview with Sherlock co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss in the clip below: