With iconic British show “DoctorWho” finally debuting in India, show-runner Steven Moffat is looking forward to Indian fans’ response to the popular science fiction series, which is currently filming its ninth season.
Moffat, who is also behind BBC’s massively popular modern reboot of “Sherlock”, promises “loads of brilliant stuff” in the coming season of the show.
“I am delighted that ‘Dr Who’ is coming to India and it certainly seems to be the case that where ‘Sherlock’ is successful ‘Doctor Who’ is also popular. I can’t reveal much about the ninth season as we are still filming and everything is top secret at the moment but loads of brilliant stuff to come,” Moffat, 53, told PTI in a telephonic interview.
The show, which first appeared on television screens in 1963, revolves around Doctor, an alien from a race called the Time Lords on a mission to save the world. He has the power to travel through time and space and regenerate himself.
“Doctor Who” got a reboot in 2005 by BBC One and celebrated its 10 anniversary recently. The rebooted version has started screening on FX from May 15 in India.
Asked about the secret behind the longevity of “Doctor Who”, considered one of the best sci-fi shows of all time, Moffat attributed it to the show’s ability to reinvent itself with a new face.
“It’s a very strange combination… It is a very old show but it always feels like it is new because it revitalises itself with a new Doctor something that other shows can’t do. It is young and old at the same time and keeps refreshing itself.”
There are always many stories circulating about the show on the Internet but Moffat is not concerned about them.
“There is always loads of humour in ‘Doctor Who’ and there is always lots of horror in the show. We are always trying to push it to the limits but most of the stories floating about it are not true,” he said. Moffat started as a fan of the show before finally taking over as its show-runner and he has been an integral part of the reboot.
“I would have never written it if I was not a fan. I haven’t found it too difficult separating the fan and the writer in me. They are sort of the same thing. You have to love the story you write and I found it very easy to love this one,” said Moffat.
Peter Capaldi became the 12th and current actor to play Doctor Who after replacing Matt Smith and Moffat feels the former is more confident and funny in his second act.
“He is wonderful and is getting to what I call the great second series performance. When somebody takes over in ‘Doctor Who’, they don’t feel like the doctor yet because their predecessor is still on the posters but now Peter owns this character.
“He is the Doctor now. He is just so bold, confident and funny. I always feel that in the second series Doctors come to their own because they now own the part.”