Doctor Who almost didn’t have a Christmas special this year. Steve Moffat is leaving after season 10, and a new man will take over the series.
However, the new person in charge did not want to work on a Christmas special for 2017. Steve Moffat learned that from Chris Chibnall, and he decided to stick around for one more episode. The Christmas special was saved.
Moffat said the following about the decision, per Digital Spy:
“There was one big glitch, which was Christmas. I was going to leave at the end of series 10 – I had my finale planned and what I wanted to do with it. I had a good notion of that. Then I learned at a drinks event somewhere that Chris didn’t want to start with a Christmas, so at that point they were going to skip Christmas. There’d be no Christmas special and we would’ve lost that slot. Doctor Who would’ve lost that slot if we hadn’t [done a special] because Christmas Day is now so rammed. So I said, probably four glasses of red wine in, ‘I’ll do Christmas!’ and then had to persuade Peter [Capaldi] that’s how we were leaving. Then I had to work out how you could get mortally injured in one episode and spend an hour regenerating on Christmas Day, which I hopefully have done!”
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