Steven Moffat: Doctor Who 50th episode will be long

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 May 2013
Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat has warned 'Doctor Who' fans to expect a treat in the shape of a "long" 50th anniversary episode in November

Steven Moffat has warned 'Doctor Who' fans to expect a "long" 50th anniversary episode.

The showrunner has remained tight-lipped about the main details of the widely anticipated episode in November, and he has revealed Whovians will have plenty to get their teeth into when the show - which the cast have finished filming - finally airs.

He said: "People keep asking how long the anniversary special is, and it's a fair question. I don't actually know, because the answer is, it's as long as it needs to be.

"The script is quite long though. I'm looking at it now. Ooh, that's quite long."

As well as anticipating the 50th anniversary episode - which will star current Time Lord Matt Smith, as well as 10th Doctor David Tennant and Billie Piper, who played the Doctor's companion Rose Tyler from 2005 to 2010 - to be lengthy, Steven is grateful to the BBC for being so patient with the show's creators.

He added to Doctor Who Magazine: "In theory a 45-minute episode of Doctor Who ought to be about 55 pages. But it's a fast-paced show, you need something to cut, so let's say 60 pages. And that, let me tell you, is wrong.

"The script for 'The Time of Angels' was 70 pages long, and it came in short at 40 minutes, even with added material. The script for 'The Snowmen' has almost the same page count as 'A Scandal in Belgravia' but one is an hour and the other is 90 minutes. Thank God, the BBC is kind to us.

"Our notion of 45 minutes has veered between 39 minutes and 57."

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