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Steven Moffat & the BBC Have Discussed Doctor Who’s Next Five Years

"Everything has its time and everything dies."

CapaldiPremiereDid you think the BBC’s revitalized Doctor Who would be ending anytime soon? Fear not!

To be honest, I can’t say I saw an end to the series either. The classic show had 26 seasons under its belt before it finally gave up the ghost. And say what you will about Nu-Who, but Classic Who had way more ups and downs during that length of time. The BBC has been very happy with the ratings as of late but as it turns out, they are planning pretty far ahead for the sci-fi show.

The Radio Times pulled some information from a recent issue of Doctor Who Magazine:

Speaking on the long-term plans for the series, [Steven] Moffat said: “I thought it would last ten years. I didn’t think it would last ten 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. I mean, it could do 26!”

“That’s not to say its easy,” he told Doctor Who magazine. “It’s not easy to find new people. It’s not easy to find new Doctors. That could be the danger – that you start to think that it’s easy. There’s nothing easy about doing Doctor Who.”

Moffat previously gave actor Peter Capaldi credit for helping revitalize the series and make it “new again” and BBC Worldwide recently made a deal with BitTorrent to reach an even larger number of viewers. It seems they have no reason to end Doctor Who any time soon and if you ask Ben Stephenson, head of BBC drama, he’ll give an even loftier goal.

“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.”

Ok but can we get a woman as the Doctor before the 75th anniversary at least?

(via Entertainment Weekly)

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