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Steven Moffat ‘still haunted by guilt’ over ‘Doctor Who’ 50th storyline

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Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that he still feels guilty about changing the outcome of the Time War in 2013’s 50th anniversary special.

‘The Day of the Doctor’ aired on 23 November 2013 and rewrote the Time War storyline established by previous lead writer Russell T Davies when the show returned in 2005.

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Writing in the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat admitted: “‘The Day of the Doctor’ was a success. Record ratings, awards, rave reviews. By any measure, it did alright. But two years later, I’m still haunted by the guilt.”

He explained: “I know some of you, including friends of mine, were upset that we reversed the outcome of the Time War. My defence, however feeble, is that given the chance, the Doctor would do exactly that. And it was his birthday, how could I deny him that chance? What could define him more? This man who always finds another way? And there he is, at every moment of his life, proving to himself – literally – that there is always a better path.”

Issue 487 of Doctor Who Magazine is out now.

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Actress Carole Ann Ford also reveals in the new issue that Peter Capaldi is keen for her too reprise her role as original Doctor Who companion Susan Foreman.


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