Steven Moffat Talks ‘Doctor Who’ In 5 Years, Denies Movie And ‘Sherlock’ Crossover After Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss Refusals


Steven Moffat Talks 'Doctor Who' In 5 Years
Steven Moffat Talks 'Doctor Who' In 5 Years

Given the success of “Doctor Who,” it would be hard to imagine the series ending anytime soon, and executive producer Steven Moffat agrees.

During a recent interview with Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat spoke the early expectations of “Doctor Who” when he took over as executive producer, and future plans that could span years and years beyond the current season.

“Ten years on, our ratings are pretty much the same,” said Moffat.

“Actually, internationally, bigger.

No show does that! You’re meant to go down! ‘Doctor Who’ just stays.

It’s extraordinary! I thought it would last ten years.

I didn’t think it would last ten years with BBC Worldwide trying to get me in a room to talk about their plan for the next five years! So it’s going to do a minimum of 15.

I mean, it could do 26! That’s not to say it’s easy.

It’s not easy to find new people.

It’s not easy to find new Doctors.

That could be the danger-that you start to think that it’s easy.

There’s nothing easy about doing ‘Doctor Who.'” But one thing that’s unlikely to be on the table in the coming years is a “Sherlock” and “Doctor Who” crossover, and it’s not Moffat who’s in fact against the idea.

“If people want it, we should give it to them,” said Moffat according to EW .

“But I got persuaded by Mark, Benedict, Sue and Martin who said, ‘Look, it will never be as good as [fans] think it’s going to be.’ And then I say, ‘Yes but we’ll just bang it out and  make it  as good.’ Yeah, but you can’t give everybody everything they want all the time.

But I’m in the camp of giving them everything they want! But I think they’re sane and right, and I’m just a tart.”  In addition to not doing a crossover, Moffat also denied that a “Doctor Who” movie is in the works.

“We’re talking one of the biggest TV shows in the world,” continued Moffat.

“It can’t just be a medium-size movie-it’s gotta be a colossal movie.

I’ve sat with people, saying-and in the end it’s not my decision or my choice, I don’t own ‘Doctor Who’ – ‘Okay, explain to me how it’s going to work.’ And nobody has an answer.”    

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