Steven Moffat assures ‘Doctor Who’ future

Showrunner says there is no chance the BBC will give up on the show

Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat has reassured fans over the show’s future.

The showrunner has said in a new interview that the long-running sci-fi show is in better shape than ever and that there is no chance that the BBC will “give up” on the show, as it did it 1989 when Doctor Who went off air for 16 years.

Moffat told Richard Bacon on BBC 5 Live: “It’s a huge money-spinner. It’s doing better than ever abroad – the global number of people watching Doctor Who has just gone up and up and up. It was the most downloaded show on American iTunes last year, so [there’s] not a chance of the BBC giving up on Doctor Who.”

Moffat also disputed claims that the show is getting “shorter and shorter” seasons, pointing merely to a change the broadcast schedule. He said: “We’re just splitting it over Christmas, we’re making the same number of episodes as usual. We delayed it a few months to start it later in the year, that’s all that’s happened.”

The first five episodes of Series Seven will air in the autumn, culminating in the departures of Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill. New star Jenna-Louise Coleman will make her debut at Christmas, as a character rumoured to be named Clara, and the remaining eight episodes will pick up in the new year. The eighth series, marking the 50th anniversary, will run later in 2013.