Steven Moffat has revealed that Doctor Who will take a more serious turn in Series 8 in an interview with SFX.

“I think it feels more serious,” he said. “One of the watchwords we have this year is there are consequences for choosing to live like this. It’s not a fairytale. If you have people back home, if you run away it’s going to have an effect on them. And it’s not necessarily always going to be lovely. And does the Doctor make you better?

“We want to make it feel that these adventures can hurt…”

Steven also discussed Peter Capaldi’s take on the Doctor.

“He’s not as immediately approachable and he’s not necessarily looking for your approval. I would like to restore the sense that when he says ‘Wait here, I’ll be back’ you really hope he’ll be back, but you’re not absolutely convinced… What he’s not doing is reassuring you very much.”

And the Doctor’s new persona will have a major impact on his relationship with companion Clara, played by Jenna Coleman.

“From a Doctor she could sort of control, because he had a crush on her, she’s landed with a Doctor who barely registers that she’s a girl. They’re great friends and all that but she has to be his human interface with everybody else.”

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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

5 Responses

  1. Jasmine

    It will be interesting to see the effect of having an older Doctor. We have had two rather young ones, with romantic undertones which were credible because of their age. Now with Peter Capaldi, we have a completely different set up.

    Having grown up with Dr Who, it was very strange to me to have a young Doctor who had romantic feelings for his companions, so this represents a return to a more traditional approach to the character.

    One thing I have always been curious about, though. Why regenerate into a middle-aged or older person……one might have supposed that each new regeneration would be of a young person who would have a reasonable ‘life’ as that particular incarnation, grow old and then change. (I know the real reason is the actors chosen to play the parts LOL but in terms of the logic of the process, it has always seemed odd to me),

    • Olga Hughes

      Actually Time Lords should be able to choose their appearance, but the Doctor doesn’t seem to try and control it, which is a bit curious.

      • Jasmine

        Perhaps, rather like the monarchy, we should not let too much light into Dr Who – it may destroy the magic……

    • Olga Hughes

      Oh you know Moffat always comes up with some sort of explanation, he was supposed to be out of regenerations by now and he tied that up neatly 😉 Although there is probably an explanation for the Doctor’s particular incarnations deep in the canon somewhere…

      • Jasmine

        If there is, there is bound to be a very complicated Christmas Special storyline to explain it……