At a Q & A session following a Royal Television Society event, Steven Moffat spoke a bit about things to come; unfortunately, his resignation isn’t one of them. Firstly, and most importantly, the fantabulous Peter Capaldi has signed on for Series 9. For that alone, we should be pretty grateful, seeing as Twelve has practically been marginalized the past several episodes. Let’s get real; Capaldi deserves much better writing. The only way I can make sense of Moffat pushing Clara’s (and Amy’s) bossy, love-fueled storylines to the forefront is that he completely misinterpreted our call for a female doctor, or thinks he can get away with highlighting female companions and a female Master instead of actually addressing what many viewers would love to see. Don’t get me wrong — Capaldi is brilliant as the Doctor, and I’m thrilled he’s sticking around. I’d also love to someday see a lady at the TARDIS helm (Michelle Gomez could have made a fine Thirteen!), and Moffat seems to be giving his all to avoid that possibility. It’s our fault, ladies!
I digress…back to the Who news. Though he confirmed Capaldi’s return, Moffat did add that Jenna Coleman has not yet signed to Series 9, which will probably only fuel recent chatter she’s leaving after the Christmas special. On this possibility, I have mixed feelings. There’s no denying Coleman is an excellent and charming actress — from the moment she was introduced, we all fell for her. I love watching Coleman as Clara, but can’t stand the evolution of the character. Moffat has basically reduced her to a lovesick puppy (don’t even get me started on how quickly we went from Clara and Danny Pink’s first date to the *emotional* graveyard goodbye), and the Doctor’s personal instructor/admonisher (“Listen, Kill the Moon, In The Forest Of The Night”). There’s great potential for chemistry between the two actors and yet, the way they’re being written, we only get tantalizing glimpses of what could be here and there (as with parts of “Mummy on the Orient Express” and “Flatline;” both written by Jamie Mathieson). If we can’t have a fresh showrunner, perhaps a new companion would do?
Finally, he who loves to crush dreams and run threw one last zinger our way: forget any hopes you had for a Doctor Who/Sherlock crossover, because it’s not going to happen.
“It can’t happen…There are certain rules I cannot break. Sherlock Holmes exists as a fictional character in the Doctor’s universe - he’s even dressed up as him!
I’ve always been moderately more in favour [of doing a crossover] than anyone else, but I think Mark Gatiss is right when he says it would just never be as good as you think it’s going to be. You don’t need both of those guys in the same show.”
As Radio Times pointed out, didn’t the Doctor just meet Robin Hood?)
Clearly this man is out of touch with his fans. Well, let’s all cheer for Capaldi Series 9, and wait for what’s next…Nick Frost as Santa in “Children in Need.”