Jenna Coleman may be leaving, but Peter Capaldi will return to Doctor Who -and the show has at least another 5 years to run according to producer and showrunner Steven Moffat.
Here are some excerpts he gave in an interview to Variety:
You are credited with taking “Doctor Who” to a new level. What do you think allowed this format to be rebooted so brilliantly?
“Doctor Who” is the all-time perfectly evolved television show. It’s a television predator designed to survive any environment because you can replace absolutely everybody. Most shows you can’t do that with. For example, once Benedict Cumberbatch gives up “Sherlock,” what are we going to do? We are going to stop, that’s what we are going to do. Most shows have a built-in mortality. But here is a show that sheds us all like scales; a show that can make you feel everything except indispensable. It will carry on forever, because you can replace every part of it.
In terms of tone, narrative, casting, are there any aspects that you think were key?
I was involved, but I wasn’t in charge when it was rebooted. But I think the one thing you have to keep in mind is that “Doctor Who” is kind of joyful; it’s a joyful show. Tokenly, it’s got a touch of genocide now and then, and the screaming death of innocence. But through it all it has an optimistic, joyous figure. A nice man, a nice silly man in his phone box flying around and doing good. That’s what keeps us all safe. Who doesn’t want to believe that?
In terms of longevity of the show, I think you’ve said it could go five more years?
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.
I understand you are now working on series 10. Can you give us any updates in terms of casting?
We all know that Jenna Coleman is leaving this year.
How about Peter Capaldi?
Peter Capaldi is going nowhere.
Both Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi will be in Australia later this month for the Doctor Who Festival in Sydney.