Steven Moffat wasn’t expecting to do the Doctor Who Christmas special

Steven Moffat

As we reported earlier, Steven Moffat hadn’t originally intended to do the tenth series of Doctor Who, that finished last month with The Doctor Falls. Instead, he was expecting that job to go to Chris Chibnall, but Chibnall’s commitment to Broadchurch for ITV meant a delay in him taking over Doctor Who. Moffat, therefore, steered the tenth series of the show.

He’s also penned his last Doctor Who script, in this case for the Christmas special, Twice Upon A  Time. And in a new interview with Doctor Who Magazine, he’s now revealed too that he wasn’t expecting to do the Christmas special either!

“I hadn’t originally intended to do Christmas as well”, he admitted. Told you.

“I was just going to do this series. But then I learned that Chris wasn’t going to do Christmas. Quite rightly, he didn’t want to start with a one-off Christmas episode. So I realised that if I didn’t do it, then there wasn’t going to be a Christmas episode at all. And Doctor Who would lose that slot”.

Hence, Moffat got to work. But he’s also adamant in the interview that that’s it. “This time it really is the end”, he added.

The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine – issue 515 – is on sale now.