Every once in a while, Doctor Who’s showrunner Steven Moffat steps up and lets us know what’s on his mind. He usually tends to get more vocal when something is happening in Who-land, such as an impending change of Doctor during a particular 50th Anniversary Special. This time around, Moffat rehashes an old issue and gives his two cents on the likelihood of a female Doctor as well as discussing a Who-monster that may not be making a return to the show (at least during the remainder of his tenure). Check out what he had to say along with some 50th Anniversary air date news after the jump.
First and foremost, what about that whole female Doctor thing that people are always arguing about? Any potential there, or what? In interview with Nerd Cubed, Moffat had this to say:
The problem with this whole [female Doctor] argument is everybody [just] says ‘a woman’ – you don’t ever cast ‘a man’ as the Doctor, you cast a particular man.
One day I’m reasonably confident somebody in this [showrunner] role – whether it’s me or someone else – will say not, ‘Let’s cast a woman’, they’ll say, ‘That person, that’s the one who could the be the Doctor’. You’re just casting someone that you think will set that role on fire. I think for now that is Peter – I thought it was Matt [Smith] before – it’s not about the gender thing.
Well, we’ll just have to wait a few years and see what happens there.
Next up, in the same interview, Moffat had a few things to say about the role of certain monsters in the show:
I’m probably done to be honest on what you can do with the Weeping Angels. But other writers have to have a go. There’s only so many times you can think, ‘Right, it’s a chase scene and statues’. How many times can the lights flicker? What happens if a moth sees them? Is the alien invasion cancelled at that point?
Some may be disappointed, but he can always change his mind, so don’t fret too much. In fact, read what he had to say next:
It’s not going to happen but a very good Doctor Who writer pitched a great idea for the Weeping Angels the other day and I was very excited about it. We had a long phone call about it and I went away thinking, ‘That is going to be brilliant!’ And about two days later he admitted he wasn’t going to have time to do it. Hopefully we’ll get to it in the next year.
And finally, news that should make everyone happy – it looks like America will not have to rely on torrents or live-streaming to get a look at the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special! Coming to the small screen on November 23rd, it looks like the BBC finally got smart on this one and realized that we’re going to watch it with or without their help. Check out the official BBC America statement below:
Announced today, BBC AMERICA will simulcast the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor, in the U.S. on November 23, 2013. For the first time ever, the world’s longest running and most successful sci-fi series will be broadcast simultaneously to millions of viewers worldwide in a global simulcast.
From the U.S. to the U.K., Canada to Colombia, Brazil to Botswana and Myanmar to Mexico, fans in at least 75 countries spanning six continents will be able to enjoy the episode at the same time as the U.K., with more countries expected to be confirmed within the next month. The one-off special stars Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor), Jenna Coleman(companion Clara), David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor) with Billie Piper and John Hurt.
In addition, BBC AMERICA will be dedicating an entire week to Doctor Who in November, including the new film An Adventure in Space and Time, marathons and new specials to be announced.
On top of the worldwide TV broadcast, BBC AMERICA will announce in the coming weeks details of select 3D screenings of the anniversary episode in theaters in the U.S.
“Few TV shows can still lay claim to being appointment viewing but Doctor Who takes this to another level. In its 50th Anniversary year we wanted to create a truly international event for Doctor Who fans in as many countries as possible and the simultaneous broadcast and cinema screening of the special across so many countries will make for a fitting birthday tribute to our Time Lord,” states Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide.
Steven Moffat, Showrunner for Doctor Who and Executive Producer of the 50th Anniversary episode, adds: “The Doctor has always been a time traveler – now he’s traveling time zones. On the 23rd of November, it won’t be the bad guys conquering the Earth – everywhere it will be The Day of the Doctor!”
In London, birthplace of the iconic series, the 50th Anniversary weekend will also see over 20,000 fans gather at the ExCel exhibition and convention centre for the official celebration event which will feature appearances from cast old and new including Matt Smith and former Doctors Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker and Tom Baker.
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