The Doctor, The TARDIS and The Future: Just What Does 2016 Have in Store for our Favourite Time Lord?
Just a few weeks after some 4.8 million viewers tuned in to see the MASSIVE finale to Doctor Who series 9, I thought it would be a good idea to do a little digging and find out what the future may (or may not, time is relative, after all) hold for our grumpy Gallifreyan Guitarist.
Firstly, thereâs this yearâs Christmas Special to Review. The episode is titled The Husbands of River Song and, as the name suggests, it features Alex Kingstonâs return as the eponymous Professor. The episode also guest stars Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Shooting Stars, Alice in Wonderland, Casanova) and Greg Davies (The Inbetweeners, Mock The Week, Man Down, Cuckoo). The special also features actor Phillip Rhys (CSI, The Adventures of Tintin) and according to IMDB.com, the ever-welcome Michelle Gomez will be returning as Missy. So thatâs my Christmas evening sorted!
So, onwards to next year, a few days back, the news broke that Steven Moffat was bringing two new âbrilliant, prominent and amazingâ writers into the Doctor Who fold, however Mr. Moffat himself was characteristically tight-lipped regarding their actual identities. He did say, however, that neither of the new writers had written for the programme before, âIf I told you their namesâ promised the series boss âYour brain would explode!â If this isnât hyperbole on Moffatâs part, then that suggests that Series 10 will feature contributions from at least two heavyweight writing talents, in addition to Moffat himself.
My mind immediately turns to J.K Rowling, purely because Moffat is such a fan and she was considered as a guest star for the show during the Russell T. Davies era, but that seems extremely unlikely. Still, youâd have to wonder what a Doctor Who episode written by the author of the Harry Potter series might be like…
On the subject of Series 10, the exact filming dates are still unconfirmed, with some fans speculating that weâll only see a few specials, rather than a full series, next year.
For his part, Peter Capaldi has gone on record to say that, not only will he be staying put in the role for the foreseeable future (yay!), but also that weâll definitely be seeing more from his Doctor in the new year.
He told Doctor Who Magazine that, âIâm amazed that people ask me all the time, when I am going? It makes you feel very unwelcome! Please, when are you leaving? Orâ¦someone said this morning; Youâre only doing six episodes next year because youâre too tired? I donât know where theyâve made this stuff up from. Six episodes?! Thatâs not what Iâm contracted to do. (…) And I would do 20 episodes if they let me. I could do Doctor Who all the year round, quite happily.â
Capaldiâs much-vaunted enthusiasm for the role, both on screen and off, hasnât diminished even a little bit, despite the fact that he visibly winced at the notion of filming two series per year at a recent Q&A session.
Back in November, the 57-year-old actor discussed the demands of filming Doctor Who saying that although he finds the job tiring, he still loves it. âIf I did have an ambition it would be not to regenerate for a while.â He said.
I, for one, certainly hope he stays true to his word.