The initial run of Doctor Who went for 26 seasons and hundreds of episodes, and even before being revived by the BBC in 2005, it was already the longest running science fiction series in the history of television. So far, the new run of Who has gone for eight seasons, a dozen specials and has a ninth season currently in production for broadcast later this year. But how long can the party go on? Who is more popular than ever internationally, so the BBC would be crazy to pull the plug now, but realistically? Well, showrunner Steven Moffat says that there’s at least five more years left in Nu-Who. At least.
While talking to U.K. magazine Radio Times, Moffat was asked just how long the show might go, and while no one’s saying “endgame” yet, Moffat had a definite idea of just how much longer The Doctor might be adventuring through time and space.
“I thought it would last 10 years,” Moffat said. I” didn’t think it would last 10 years with BBC Worldwide trying to get me in a room to talk about their plan for the next five years!”
“It’s going to do a minimum of 15,” he continued. “I mean, it could do 26!”
Wink. Wink. See what he did there. All together Doctor Who has run for 34 seasons on TV, and that doesn’t include all the various radio plays, comic books, novels and spin-offs that have feature one iteration of The Doctor or another, or any his companions. So theoretically, so long as the writers, actors, directors and production crew keep things fresh and interesting, the show might be able to go on ad infinitum.
“Because it’s such an amazing format, because you can constantly revive it and re-imagine it, then as long as the people looking after it are passionate about it and the BBC is passionate about it, there’s absolutely no reason why it can’t do another 50 years,” Moffat added.
Well, 49. One year down.
The ninth season of Doctor Who starring Peter Capaldi as The Doctor and Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara, will air sometime later this year on BBC, BBC America and Space.
Source: Geek Tyrant