Moffat On New Doctor Who Companion, Class And “Full” Season 10

Despite rumours of a Doctor Who-lite year in 2016 (see here), Doctor Who head writer Steven Moffat has told Digital Spy that season ten will be at least 12 episodes plus a Christmas special – he’s actually pushing for more. He’s also reiterated what he said at the Doctor Who panel at MCM London Comic Con: that Clara’s replacement as “co-star” will be a completely new character.


Osgood will not be the new companion, says Moffat

Moffat confirms that season 10 well be a “full” season plus Christmas special. However, conspiracy theorists take note, he didn’t confirm when those 13 episodes will happen.

“If you’re talking about scheduling, that’s BBC One – they will speak,” he says. “I know that what I’ve signed on to do is 13 more episodes of Doctor Who – including a Christmas special. I’m trying to argue for slightly more than that, but we’ll see. It’s all in action, it’s not that long away. It’s really close.”

On the new companion – who will be totally new, Moffat stresses, definitely not Osgood – he says. “I’m not making any promises, but that’s my genuine belief at the moment. Because I think to throw away the chance to say, ‘You can start here,’ is foolish. If you say, ‘You could start here, but [the companion is] somebody you have to know all about’  then you’ve lost that. It did work very well with Catherine Tate [as Donna], but that’s not the direction we’re currently going in. I think every time we get a new companion – even more so than a new Doctor – you are sort of saying, ‘This is the beginning. This is where it starts. You can join in here’.”

Peter Capaldi chips in that he would like a more working-class companion like Rose: “It’s one of the things I loved about Billie Piper. That was a very new thing in Doctor Who – to have somebody who lived on an estate, and had a much earthier sound to their voice. I mean, I love Jenna – I’m really sad that she’s gone, and I feel quite bad discussing the possibility of somebody else. So it’s no reflection on her. But I think it might be interesting to have somebody who’s a little more earthy!”

All of which makes it sound unlikely that we’ll see a new companion before the end of this season… though never rule out the Doctor team deliberately engaging in misdirection.

Moffat also teased the new YA Doctor Who spin-off for BBC Three, which is being written by Patrick Ness.

“Patrick’s got a very clear idea of what he wants to do,” Moffat said. “I’ll be helping that get to the screen. I suppose it’s a little bit like when I’m working on a Doctor Who episode not written by me, and it’s by a very powerful writer who isn’t going to need me to rewrite it.”

Doctor Who continues on BBC One tonight with the brilliant “The Zygon Inversion”.


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