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Old November 1 2013, 01:00 AM   #16
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Re: Moffat Promises "13 Episodes In 2014".

Let's hope with the exception of the Christmas special they are shown back to back.
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Old November 1 2013, 10:25 AM   #17
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I think we can resign ourselves to the same old names again doing all the writing.

And no women of course, because they're icky.

Actually, even as a fan of Moffat his reliance on big names (and let’s be honest his mates) has always annoyed me. RTD seemed keener to bring up and coming writers on board. Of course that conversation with Moffat does address part of that, RTD seemed to do a huge amount of rewriting to bring episodes up to scratch and SM seems keener to have people he can trust to deliver a strong episode without much interference. Whichever you think is the better way it does at least suggest it’s a bit more than jobs for the boys.

There needs to be more women writing in sci-fi generally. I am right in thinking that there has only been one female writer since Who came back in Helen Raynor? so it isn’t like RTD was hugely more inclusive. Hopefully this is something that will change.
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Old November 1 2013, 11:40 AM   #18
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Re: Moffat Promises "13 Episodes In 2014".

What about Rob Shearman? Is there any particular reason why he has only written one (hugely successful) Doctor Who TV episode?
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Old November 1 2013, 11:44 AM   #19
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What about Rob Shearman? Is there any particular reason why he has only written one (hugely successful) Doctor Who TV episode?
You can find a detailed quote from him out there but basically he doesn't want to write any more DW (in any medium).
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Old November 1 2013, 11:51 AM   #20
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You can find a detailed quote from him out there but basically he doesn't want to write any more DW (in any medium).
True. http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/doctor-w...ing-the-daleks
It sounds terribly ungrateful - but I just didn't want to keep doing the same thing. I'd been trying to get out of Doctor Who, in the nicest possible way, for a couple of years already. In 2003 I'd written three different stories for Big Finish, and with my final one, Deadline, I pretty much told the listeners that I was going to be taking a break from the series for a long while. I began to feel I was repeating myself, and that I wasn't taking enough risks.
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Oh, I'd love to return to Doctor Who one of these days. Either on screen, or with my old friends at Big Finish. I know I have more stories to tell. But I'd be lying if I said I had the remotest idea what those stories were yet! I shan't stay away forever. I love Doctor Who too much, and owe it too much as well.
Still, he'd be a pretty good showrunner, in my opinion, if he ever changed his mind.
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Old November 1 2013, 02:16 PM   #21
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He doesn't however say 13 episodes shot or 13 shot and broadcast, which as we now know can mean very different things...
I guess they'll show 13 episodes at Comic Con and we'll have to wait until 2018 to see them.
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Ts for posting the article StCoop

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He doesn't however say 13 episodes shot or 13 shot and broadcast, which as we now know can mean very different things...
I guess they'll show 13 episodes at Comic Con and we'll have to wait until 2018 to see them.


But what about the most important question, will Paul McGann be in them!?
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Old November 2 2013, 12:11 AM   #22
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Just read this on GallifreyBase, pray it's true. A new Doctor needs the momentum of a full run.
Yeah, and considering he'll be around for 2...maybe even 3 years, it is really important!

But not as important as who will play the 13th Doctor!!!!!!! Announcement coming Christmas Day 2014!!!!

"Re: Moffat Promises "13 Episodes In 2014".

Moffat also promised we'd learnt he Doctor's name, that he was really, really dead forever, and that this upcoming "50th" will change EVERYTHING and FOREVER!!!!

Uh huuuuuh.
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Old November 2 2013, 12:40 AM   #23
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Re: Moffat Promises "13 Episodes In 2014".

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"Re: Moffat Promises "13 Episodes In 2014".

Moffat also promised we'd learn the Doctor's name, that he was really, really dead forever, and that this upcoming "50th" will change EVERYTHING and FOREVER!!!!

Uh huuuuuh.
"13 episodes in 2014" and "the Doctor's name" aren't apples-to-apples, though.

In terms of the storytelling, Moffat is the final word. If Moffat wants to exaggerate (or outright lie), that's his prerogative.

In terms of the production and the scheduling and the budget allocation, Moffat has people that he answers to. If his BBC superiors tell him that here's his budget and and here's his actor and they expect 13 episodes on the air in 2014, then Moffat had better deliver those 13 episodes for broadcast in 2014 because his job depends upon it.
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Old November 3 2013, 03:28 AM   #24
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Re: Moffat Promises "13 Episodes In 2014".

This is a strange article that says Capaldi will do two six-episode series and then either leave or renegotiate his contract and stay. But it also says the Christmas episode is still filming, which it's not, so it may be nothing more than garbled reporting.
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Old November 3 2013, 05:36 AM   #25
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Moffat is conscious that the pool of Doctor Who writers is currently quite small – in its most recent series, three of them penned two stories each – but that’s the price to pay for working on a show of this scale. Where Davies famously rewrote vast tranches of scripts, Moffat employs only experienced hands and appears to practise a lighter touch, though he says he’s open to more names if they can fit some tough criteria.

So that is why series 7 sucked. Sorry Moffat but how about you do your job. So many of those episodes felt rushed or way to loose. So many of them like "The Rings of Akhaten" had soo many holes in them that it was embarrassing to watch.
"The Power of Three" is the same way, so rushed at the end.

Sooner the BBC gets rid of Moffat the happier I will be.

Anyway the rumor has been that no new episodes in 2015 so this might be just one year for Peter. So they might spread the series across the end of 2014 thru 2015. So maybe 6 in 2014, Christmas episode 2014 and 6 in spring (April) 2015. Then at the end of the series 8 have Peter regenerate but not finish it so we have to wait a few years for the show to come back on to see whom the 13th doctor will be.
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Old November 3 2013, 06:10 AM   #26
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Anyway the rumor has been that no new episodes in 2015 so this might be just one year for Peter. So they might spread the series across the end of 2014 thru 2015. So maybe 6 in 2014, Christmas episode 2014 and 6 in spring (April) 2015. Then at the end of the series 8 have Peter regenerate but not finish it so we have to wait a few years for the show to come back on to see whom the 13th doctor will be.
I don't see the logic from the BBC's standpoint for either of those possibilities. It's telling that Doctor Who was at the height of its popularity when it was a regular, 13-episode program. And Doctor Who merchandise doesn't sell anywhere near as well when there's no program on the air to support it. The BBC needs the Doctor Who money from Worldwide. Airing Doctor Who on an irregular schedule and resting the program doesn't help the BBC.
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Old November 3 2013, 10:36 AM   #27
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Re: Moffat Promises "13 Episodes In 2014".

I came across that article as well...dismissed it when I got to the end of it when it stated the 30th Anniversary would be airing on November 23rd. I assume from the looks of it that it's probably a tabloid paper site.
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Old November 3 2013, 01:51 PM   #28
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I bet that if Capaldi stays for one series, he'll be one of my favourite doctors but if he stays for many series, I'll loathe him. This always happens to me. :P
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I bet that if Capaldi stays for one series, he'll be one of my favourite doctors but if he stays for many series, I'll loathe him. This always happens to me. :P
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Old November 3 2013, 02:36 PM   #30
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It's too bad he didn't promise 13 good episodes in 2014.
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