The pre-season run-up to season 7 of Doctor Who had us being bombarded with spoilers, rumors, pictures and all manner of other things to wet our appetites. Steven Moffat, the king of the show for the last 3 years, seems to take some sort of sadistic delight in talking about the show in tantalizing yet vague terms. And if his pre-season teasers weren’t enough, he continues even after the premiere of season 7’s first episode.
On more than one occasion, Moffat has said that Doctor Who, to him, is really a story about the companion(s) that the Doctor chooses to have with him on board the T.A.R.D.I.S. Now, he’s going into it a little bit further, speaking recently about the role of the companions and the how they affect the Doctor in general.
In an interview with SFX, he had these things to say:
We are going to do the story properly of the Doctor having lost a friend and making a new one. We’re not taking that lightly. It’s not in one door out the other. It’s the story of how all that affects him, why he engages with somebody else and what’s going on with that — that’s all important.
What does Jenna bring to it? It’s surprising just how much the show changes with a new co-star. The Doctor is quite different with her, and the way you watch them is quite different. You watched the Eleventh Doctor and Amy arrive together. It’s like they grew up in the same sandpit, playing. They felt not quite like equals — the Doctor never feels like an equal to his companion — but you knew them equally well and they were equally important to each other. They formed around each other. And one of the interesting things about writing the Doctor is that he’s so responsive to the people around him. It’s almost like left on his own his personality would slowly disintegrate. He becomes what people want him to be, a little bit. So he’s Amy’s Raggedy Doctor.
With a different companion he becomes a slightly different man. He dresses differently. The mere fact that he’s so much taller than her suddenly reveals that Matt Smith is very tall, not, as people assume, about average height, because he was about the same height as Karen. He’s the senior man, not in the sense that he’s more important but he’s the one you know already, and he’s training up a new one, as it were. In these five episodes the Doctor is practically the adopted son of Amy and Rory. He’s gone from being the wonderful man from space — Space Gandalf, as he wants to be — to being that troublesome kid that they try and keep under control. They even talked about getting babysitters for him in one unfortunately cut scene. They love him, but they know he’s a big kid, they know they have to look out for him, check he eats and all that. Whereas with the new companion he’s back to being the mysterious spacefarer.
Well, Moffat, not too spoilerish this time around, so I guess I can forgive you. Still, it’s nice to hear Moffat’s take on what a companion means to the Doctor and get some insight into how he plans to grow him in the future based on that interaction.
Until next time, don’t forget to keep up on your Doctor Who watching! And check out the latest Nerdbastards Podcast to hear Jason T. and Jeremy R!H. seriously geek out on the Doctor.
Oh yeah, and thanks to blastr for the interview stuff.