Moff’s Christmas Defence

The Guardian has reported that while the English public have been enjoying the first proper Summer weather for quite some years, Steven Moffat and his team have been busy with the first read-through of this year’s as-yet-unnamed Doctor Who Christmas special.

Doctor Who writer Steven MoffatMoffat promises “the most Christmassy Christmas special” of the hit science fiction drama series since its return to our screens five years ago and it is revealed that it will feature Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins in her first acting role and also heavyweight actor Sir Michael Gambon.

Moffat apparently hopes to emulate the success of the 2009 Christmas special The End of Time, Part One, which peaked with 10 million viewers. 2007’s Voyage of the Damned attracted ratings of 12.2 million (although we’re sure the appearance of Kylie Minogue as Astrid Peth helped a little).

The article also continues claims that this year’s viewing figures were lower than those of series one to four and also hints that there may have been teething troubles for the new production team in terms of budget cuts. It does however go on to reassure readers that:

“The BBC maintains that the season’s consolidated average was in excess of 7 million. What is more, the latest finale was forced to compete with Wimbledon and the World Cup, making the viewing figures “extraordinary.”

Steven added:

“The BBC are massively happy with it.”

It looks like Doctor Who is here to stay for the foreseeable future, no matter what some may say!


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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