The upcoming season of Doctor Who is going to be epic. EPIC. With the 50th Anniversary Special in the works, and the controversial choice to tap for the coveted role of the Twelfth Doctor, this summer has been full of news for Whovians to wrap their eyeballs around.
This week, during the AdLib Comedy Event in Edinburgh (That's in Scotland, for any 'Muricans, and not Americans, reading this), writer, current showrunner, and cult nerd icon sat down to talk shop. Afterward, he participated in a Q&A with the audience, and here are the best highlights, courtesy of the cheekily-titled Blogtor Who.
What are the chances of directing an episode?
He's serious about it. We talked at 'The Hobbit' premiere - he just wants a Dalek. So we'll give him a Dalek and he'll direct an episode. I think he'd like to us to go to New Zealand. I think it's entirely possible.
Rumour that JK Rowling is writing a short story for the 50th Anniversary.
I can't confirm that...right now.
A return for the Doctor's daughter, Jenny?
The door is open, it's entirely possible.
Similarly, a return for Romana?
I have actually given no thought at all to Romana. The Time Lords are dead in my mind. They died.
Will Peter Capaldi's Doctor have a Scottish accent?
I'd be very surprised if he didn't.
On the importance of Rose Tyler.
When the show came back, I think it really was who brought it back. Those first two years, that was Billie Piper's show. It became 's show in the third year but it was all about Billie, and Billie as Rose. And Russell [T Davies, former showrunner] was clever in writing that character and casting that character so perfectly. Seriously, in the first two years, that was Billie Piper's show.
Regarding the casting of an older actor being cast as the next Doctor (Peter Capaldi, in case you'd forgotten), Frank Skinner suggested: "I hope it will stop Steven's temptation to make it all flirty between The Doctor and the companion," to which Steven Moffat replied sarcastically, "Yeah, 'cos older blokes - they just don't ever flirt with girls, do they?" Skinner also suggested that Dorium Maldovar would be a brilliant companion. "You really do want to reduce the flirting! I love the character. We would bring him back if we had a good story for him. But he's just a head in a box, which could make it slightly limiting. [Laughs]
I don't know about you, but I find the possibility of Peter Jackson directing, and/or JK Rowling penning a script to be the most interesting parts of the Q&A session. Imagine if she wrote the script that he directed...
Sorry, I just got lost in a reverie there.
Amazing, no? Who would be your dream writer/director team for an episode of Doctor Who? Let's hear 'em.
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