‘Doctor Who’ showrunner: ‘Season 9 isn’t all two-parters’

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Steven Moffat has discussed the shift towards more two-part stories in the new season of Doctor Who.

Season 9 will open with a two-parter written by showrunner Moffat, followed by another two-parter written by Being Human creator Toby Whithouse.

Episodes 5 and 6, titled ‘The Girl Who Died’ and ‘The Woman Who Lived’, are written by Jamie Mathieson (with Steven Moffat) and Catherine Tregenna respectively.

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Speaking to Radio Times at last night’s BAFTA nominations party about Season 9’s stories, Moffat revealed: “They’re not all two-parters – sometimes they’re just linked episodes.”

He added: “That 45-and-out rhythm has served us incredibly well for ten years, but there is a slight sense sometimes, about 35 minutes into the episode, you expect the hero music.”

The writer explained: “It’s just making you slightly unsure you’ll get through the story by the time the music comes up. We’ve all got to be on our toes, can’t be relaxed.”

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Moffat also hinted that Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will evolve in the new season: “We’re continuing to develop his Doctor which is a thing he’s very keen on. [Peter Capaldi] doesn’t just want to come back being the same Doctor. He wants to move it on.”

Season 9 began filming in Cardiff in January and will air on BBC One this autumn.

> Here’s everything we know about Season 9 so far.

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