At least another 5 years for Doctor Who, says Moffat.


Good news for Doctor Who fans with showrunner Steven Moffat revealing the show has a minimum of another 5 years with the BBC.

“I thought it would last ten years. I didn’t think it would last ten years with BBC Worldwide trying to get me in a room to talk about their plan for the next five years!” he says.

“It’s going to do a minimum of 15. I mean, it could do 26!”

“That’s not to say its easy,” he told Doctor Who magazine. “It’s not easy to find new people. It’s not easy to find new Doctors. That could be the danger – that you start to think that it’s easy. There’s nothing easy about doing b.”

“Ten years on, our ratings are pretty much the same. Actually, internationally, bigger. No show does that! You’re meant to go down! Doctor Who just stays. It’s extraordinary!” he said.

“When I first took it over, the BBC said to me, ‘We’ve done all our calculations. The ratings will now fall. Expect to lose quite a bit. We don’t mind that. We’re going to keep it going. So long as it’s a good show we won’t mind if the ratings stop being quite as amazing as they were. That’s absolutely fine.’ And they didn’t. They pretty much stayed the same.”

Source: Radio Times


  1. The reason for the success is the show had a pre-existing fan base who were going to watch the show, regardless of how it was, and this gave the show time to grow and find new audiences.

  2. It’s a pity as the show has really run out of puff the last couple of seasons, I found the last season almost unwatchable. The characters are good, they keep getting good actors in the key roles, but the stories are of increasingly poor quality and the suspension of disbelief is becoming steadily harder to maintain and less rewarding. Unless things pick up I think the next season may be the last I bother with.

  3. Michael Young

    The main reason it stopped being made in the 80’s was because the BBC bosses had it in for it. If they had supported Doctor Who with more funding and promotion support then it would never have had the break and would have had better ratings. As long as the BBC can make money out of the franchise they will keep it going now … so we may have another 20 years or more! 🙂

  4. The genius of the show is the ability to renew the cast and stories, I have no doubt the show will last for a long time. The only thing that will end it is a big drop in ratings, like what happened in the late 80’s.

  5. Well now they’re doing half a series a year that won’t be too tricky – indeed suspect one of those five years might be no series at all.

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