Is Steven Moffat Thinking of Leaving Doctor Who?

Capaldi Digs In for the Long Term while Coleman hasn’t re-signed

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat is seriously considering leaving the TARDIS, but he assures fans that it won’t be any time soon. He also won’t be leaving Sherlock, which he considers a labor of love. Has the Time Lord in Chief come to realize that Series 8 was just his own personal flight of fancy? Meanwhile, companion Jenna Coleman hasn’t reupped for a new season, but Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi sees a long road ahead in the TARDIS, and that’s just fine with him.

“Eventually, I’ll stop doing Doctor Who because it stops me doing anything else. I could imagine we’ll come back and do Sherlock fairly often for many years, rather than very often for a few years.” – Steven Moffat, via the UK Mirror

Giving an interview to the British Pop Culture site Assignment X, Moffat was asked to look beyond the TARDIS to what comes next. In doing so, Moffat stated that while Doctor Who doesn’t really leave room for anything else, the casual nature of a short Sherlockian season doesn’t  “swamp my schedule” the way Who does. As such, he thinks that he’ll eventually leave his role as Doctor Who’s lead writer and show runner so he can develop other projects.

Meanwhile, bolstering the rumors that she won’t be returning for Season 9, Jenna Louise Coleman has yet to sign on. Moffat told the Hollywood Reporter that while Capaldi is confirmed for the next two seasons at least, Coleman’s fate is more in limbo beyond the Christmas special. The comments were made during a Q&A session to plug the Blu-ray release of Season 8. “Yes, [Capaldi is] confirmed,”Moffat said, “but Coleman is not.” And he left it at that.

Perhaps sensing that it could sidetrack the reason for the event, Peter Capaldi jumped in and revealed that he said no to the chance to play the Eighth Doctor, a role that eventually went to Paul McGann for the Fox movie.

“I turned down the opportunity,” he said. “I loved it so much that I didn’t want to have the disappointment of going for something that I would never get.”

In a separate event with Sherlock star and writer Mark Gatiss, Capaldi went on to say that he wouldn’t mind playing the Doctor for a good long while. “At the end of the day, the job is all-consuming … I get to run up and down corridors, escape through ventilation shafts and fight Daleks,” Capaldi quipped, “If I did have an ambition it would be not to regenerate for a while.”

John Barrowman as Capt. Jack Harkness

The BBC seems happy to have him, as ratings are generally up, particularly in the US where Series 8 was up 23 percent, with the highest rated premiere ever on BBC America. “It’s been an outstanding debut series for Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who,” said Danny Cohen, director of BBC Television, in a statement, ” and I’m very grateful to Peter, Steven Moffat and everyone involved.”

One last note, it seems that Alex Kingston (River Song) and John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) want to do a spin off series. Speaking to TV Addict, Barrowman, who has a recurring role alongside Kingston in the CW series Arrow, says that they talked at length about it when finally meeting.

“Actually, the first time Alex and I met each other …we got a glass of champagne and started talking about how it would be great if River and Jack – actually, she said River and Jack should have their own TV show,” Barrowman said. “It struck a chord with us because that’s why River and Jack are very similar characters.”

I’d watch that!

About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.

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