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!”
Are you glad that Doctor Who will air a Christmas special later this year? Tell us what you think.
Er Yes, very glad – become a Xmas mainstay. May not have the freshness that it once had, but would never miss it…. always quality.
I have now lost interest in Dr Who for the next 3 years or so. I find it quite ridiculous that the BBC could cave in so easily to a few women demanding that a woman MUST be the next Doctor. Why? Dr Who is a Time LORD don’t forget. Is he/she about to become a Time LADY? I am confused. The best thing to do is ignore it and wait for the next Doctor to appear, who will hopefully be a man again. And then hope the BBC aren’t going to alternate sexes in the future: man next time,… Read more »
It’s a shame this Christmas is the last Doctor Who episode for years. It may never return to tlevision after 2017.
And why would that be? They already have a show runner and a lead actor in place. Some children out there are mad that the next Doctor’s a woman, but their opinion doesn’t count.