“Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat has huge plans for Season 8 of the BBC series, and Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor is just the beginning. The changes are long overdue, Moffat thinks.
Speaking to an audience at the Hay Literary Festival (via the Independent), Moffat says, “We haven’t made much of a change to ‘Doctor Who’ since it came back in 2005. It’s been the same show, it’s maybe amped some things up and lowered some things but it’s basically the same.”
Now it’s time to mix things up a bit. Bringing on an older Doctor in Capaldi was step one. “Can you imagine if we’d cast another handsome yet quirky young man with entertaining hair?” Moffat wonders. “It would have just exposed the formula. The show would have just become that little bit more ordinary.” Granted, there’s a bit more to both Matt Smith and David Tennant than “entertaining hair.”
Moffat won’t tip his hand about what other changes are coming, but says, “I just feel it needs to be a bit more different now and it needs to be surprising again. We’ve got the hang of this, we need to change it.”
“Doctor Who” Season 8 premieres in August on BBC America.