Steven Moffat will regret leaving Doctor Who

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 December 2016
Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat thinks he may live to regret leaving 'Doctor Who' once the new showrunner Chris Chibnall takes over next year

Steven Moffat thinks he'll regret leaving 'Doctor Who' next year.

The 55-year-old writer- who has worked on the sci-fi series since 2008 - will walk away from the show after the forthcoming installment has aired on screens in 2017 but he has admitted he'll probably feel "bitter" about it within the first few weeks.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz, he said: "Bitter. I think I probably prefer that because I'm Scottish. Instantly. 'Why did it end?' 'Cause you left, you idiot!' So I'm sure I will. At the moment 'Doctor Who' is so utterly full on. It feels like it has mountains to climb so I can't think of anything except 'Will I survive it?'. It's hard to be wistful about something you think might still kill you. So not yet but I'm sure the day's coming when I will write a huge angry piece for the Times about how the BBC has lost its way and my phone number and how things were great back in the day."

Although he's been on the show for almost a decade straight, Moffat doesn't think people will miss him because all they care about is the storyline and the Time Lord.

He explained: "The main thing is people don't really care about me in press. That's the absolute truth. It's heartbreaking but it's true so the departure of a showrunner and the arrival of another one doesn't really matter very much. No one's ever heard of us. You try to get heard of. You know, I mentioned it at one point. Nothing. Sodden!"

Steven has also decided to leave the story open for the Doctor - played by Peter Capaldi - so that new showrunner Chris Chibnall can pick up where he left off.

He said: "Obviously with 'Doctor Who' you never want to have finished the story and I am not going to do that! They want Chris to come in and have a brilliant task. I'm not going to wrap it all up and say 'There you go Chris. He's dead!' That would be mean. So no, you know, it'll still be abundant in pushing forward of all sorts of stuff."


1. fuzzie322 Dec 2016, 4:26pm Report

Sorry to say Steven, but I'm glad to see your tail-lights. Compare / contrast the Russel T Davies episodes with yours: RTD episodes were compact, generally self-contained vignettes that did not require a deep knowledge of the entire Dr ? canon to appreciate. Yours assumed that the audience was deeply tuned in, often requiring the recollection of a mumbled sentence from an episode very early in the series in order to make any sense of the instant episode. Here's hoping that Mr Chibnall et al will not follow your lead.

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