of Rex Features/Digital Spy
Courtesy of Rex Features/Digital Spy
Head writer Steven Moffat has recently stated that Capaldi’s era of Doctor Who
will feature more online content.
After the huge success of online mini-series “Pond Life” and mini-episode “Night of the Doctor” starring Paul Mcgann, Doctor Number Twelve will become the focus of future prequels and “minisodes”
The Moff admitted that the shorts were not previously considered overly valuable, but after audience reaction, they have been forced to change their mind.
“I think we now have to accept that online stuff isn’t a spin-off anymore,” he says. “We used to treat it as a spin-off that maybe some people would watch. And to be absolutely honest I thought they were bank raids – they’d give me some money to do an online thing and I’d say right, what crew do we already have, what actors do we already have, what set do we already have? So we’d spend no money on it at all, whack it out in a day, pump the money into the episode and off you go."
Two and a half million people watched Paul Mcgann’s regeneration in “Night of the Doctor” the week it was released; the seven-minute-long story filled in an important gap in the Who
universe and fans clearly love it.
The year before that, “Pond Life”, the prequels that followed the day-to-day lives of Amy Pond and Rory Williams, garnered over 6 million viewers!
These successes have proved that Doctor Who
in any form, be it on television or online, is hugely popular.
“But then you suddenly realise something like Pond Life, which we took much more seriously, had an audience of over six million. You think oh wait, that’s a TV show! That’s just a TV show and a lot of our audience make no distinction between that and the TV show," he says in an interview with SFX
"Same with The Night of the Doctor," he adds. "What I think is quite exciting about all that stuff is you’re allowed to do a six minute episode. I actually think The Night Of The Doctor is one of the best ones we’ve done, and I don’t think it would be improved by being 45 minutes long. What more storytelling do we need? Arguably always the problem with the regeneration show is everybody’s just waiting for the bit when he dies and regenerates – so why don’t we just do that bit? You don’t feel that you’re short-selling it at all.”
Capaldi’s era is clearly going to be expanded with more expensive additional content.
“We’ll certainly do some more," he said. "We’ll do more prequels and stuff. I’ve been in to talk to the channel controller of iPlayer and say ‘We need proper money for it’, and they’re very keen. And we don’t call them prequels, we don’t call them minisodes, we just call them Doctor Who.
That’s all they are. As I say, why not do an episode that’s ten minutes? Or an episode that’s half an hour? It depends what it suits.”
The Twelfth Doctor and Clara hit TV screens on BBC One, August 23rd.
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