Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that the BBC considered ending the show following David Tennant’s departure.
The Scottish actor first appeared as the Tenth Doctor in 2005 and left Doctor Who at the same time as Season 1-4 showrunner Russell T Davies in 2009.
Speaking at the Hay Festival, Moffat commented: “I think there were plans maybe to consider ending it. It was Russell T Davies saying, you are not allowed to end it.”
Moffat explained: “David [Tennant] owned that role in a spectacular way, gave it an all-new cheeky sexy performance and became a national treasure. And he didn’t do it instantly, he did it over time. So the idea that Doctor Who could go on at all in the absence of David was a huge question.”
He added: “I didn’t realise how many people thought it wouldn’t succeed at all. That was quite terrifying when I found out about it later.”
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