Steven Moffat talks 'Doctor Who' series 8 and his future with the show

It's been a week since Doctor Who's seventh series came to its rather shocking ending with "The Name of the Doctor." Now, we've got only six months to wait until the show's highly anticipated 50th anniversary special, which airs November 23. But what about after that? The BBC did recently confirm an eighth series for the show, but how far along is showrunner Steven Moffat in planning it? And how much longer will the showrunner be sticking around?

Earlier this week, Moffat revealed to Buzzfeed that he's already plotted out the storyline for series 8. “We have to work quite a long way in advance. The next season is plotted out. I always end up complaining about it, but it’s quite fun. I’m just making up nonsensical adventures, what’s wrong with that?”

Series 8 will give Moffat equal tenure with the show's previous showrunner, Russell T. Davies, who ran the show for four seasons and several specials. Is he planning on staying in charge of the show for much longer? Moffat dodged the question: “[I'll be running the show] forever. We’re not letting anyone else do it,” he said jokingly.

“You take it a year at a time, that’s all you can do. It’s such a commitment. It’s nine or ten months a year of work, so I think you can only really do that a year at a time anyway. And if you start thinking of the legacy now… we’ve got a long time to think about that, when people have forgotten us. We just want it to be great. All I ever worry about is the show that is coming out on Saturday," he added.

Moffat's been a divisive showrunner of the series -- some find his work to be too densely plotted or nonsensical, while others (such as myself) enjoy his madcap storytelling.

What do you think? Would you like to see Moffat stick around beyond series 8?

Doctor Who will return for its 50th anniversary special on November 23.

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Written by: mcpherson
May 25th, 2013, 2:13 pm

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Brendan Dowd

Message Posted On May 26th, 2013, 4:36 am
I think mark gattis should do a few more episodes, he has the twisted genre that just come out in episodes he has done.

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Message Posted On May 26th, 2013, 12:01 am

I've been a fan of Steven Moffat since Coupling. I think he'll know when it's time to pass the torch. After all, I'm sure he has projects he'd like to do besides Dr. Who and Sherlock.


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Message Posted On May 25th, 2013, 4:10 pm

Moffat's storytelling has it's ups and downs, and while I like it I can see why some people don't.

I wouldn't mind a new showrunner after series 8, even if it's just because I think the show should keep changing. As the doctor and his companions do in front of the front pf the cameras, so should things change behind them from time to time.

That's just how I feel about it though...

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