‘Doctor Who’ writer Moffat teases ‘movie-sized’ opener for Season 9

Steven Moffat has described the two-part story which opens the new season of Doctor Who as “a blockbuster”.

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman return as the Doctor and Clara on Saturday 19 September on BBC One in ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’. The story’s concluding part, ‘The Witch’s Familiar’, will air the following weekend.

Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine in the new issue (out on Thursday), Moffat hinted: “Why not start with a blockbuster? Why leave it till the last two weeks? So yes, it’s like starting with a finale, and having a big, grand, movie-sized story, as opposed to a 45-minute story.”

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Discussing the longer format, he commented: “It allows you to play with certain things. There’s a kind of scale that you can attain in a two-parter, that you can’t have in 45 minutes. It’s a scale that we’re not used to at the moment, as we haven’t done two-parters for quite a while. And in a way, it’s sort of advertising the fact that we’ve got two-parters back this year.”

The showrunner added: “We do things in that first episode that I would say are very ‘two-parter-y’.”

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  • Simone Ferraro

    I want that preview image so bad!!!!

  • Doctor Moo

    I’m pleased to see a return for two-parters in series nine because some of the best ‘modern’ stories have been two-parters: The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances, Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways, Human Nature/ The Family of Blood, The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon… In fact I don’t think there’s actually been a weak one yet with even the worst of the two-parters being average instead of being bad. I guess it’s because two-parters allow for more breathing space and character moments thanks to the increased runtime.

    Last time a series opened with a two-parter it included the Doctor literally dying (or so it seemed!) so I’m excited to see what awaits in The Magician’s Apprentice. It looks like a good one!

  • I am not ready… Soooo not ready.
    Also… When will we get the classic multi-part format back? I miss that.