Steven Moffat hints at more ‘Doctor Who’ two-parters

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has hinted that more two-part stories could be on the way for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor.

Season 8 concluded with a two-part finale last month, ‘Dark Water’ and ‘Death in Heaven’ – the first two-part story since ‘The Rebel Flesh’ and ‘The Almost People’ in 2011.

Moffat told Doctor Who Magazine: “I’ve always said that we’d do another two-parter if we ever had a story to justify it, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way. So I thought, ‘Okay, it’s time to get back to those.’ I dunno, there’s something about Peter’s Doctor that it suits.”

He explained: “It’s the way he handles a scene, the way he presides over an episode… you want the scene to run a bit longer. I don’t know why that is. The gravity of Capaldi?”

Doctor Who Death in Heaven Kate Osgood

Discussing the show’s famous cliffhangers, the writer added: “I’m not absolutely sure what that power is, but I know I like writing them. My great fear with two-parters is that sometimes the second half can suffer a bit. My thing about cliffhangers is, it has to be a moment that changes the way you’re looking at it. It has to launch a completely different and hopefully unexpected phase of the story. It’s not just a movie cut in half.”

Doctor Who returns later this month with ‘Last Christmas’.

Season 8 was released on DVD and Blu-ray last week and Season 9 begins filming in January.

> Order Season 8 on DVD on Amazon.

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Do you want to see more two-parters? Let us know below…

  • Paul Thomas

    Honestly Series 7 would have been much better had they not decided to do 13 independent episodes. Angels take Manhattan, Journey to the Centre of the Tardis, and Name of the Doctor would have been excellent two parters and would have made Series 7 much better. Also Time Heist would have been a great two Parter.

    • Person

      I agree with Time Heist. It just felt rushed, and it didn’t seem like the “most secure bank in the universe” was really that secure. There was so much more they could have done with a second part.

  • Evil Lynn

    I don’t care that length they are just better damn story lines and bad guys would be an improvement. Seriously season 8’s stories were a mix of good and bl**dy awful and some of the most boring baddies ever. Woeful bad guys, cheesy scripts and REALLY bad science in fact this season had a LOT of bad. Only redeeming factor was Mr Capaldi who did his best with some really sub par stories. And Missy is the most ineffectual and least threatening Master of all 12 generations of Dr Who. And I cant make up my mind if it was her acting or the storyline that was at fault but god she bored me silly, And I had been SO looking forward to the masters return. Such an anti climax.

    So two part episodes…I wouldnt mind as long as they up their game writing wise. Because the idea of some of last seasons episodes being two parters makes me want to run screaming for the hills.