The Second Phase of Doctor Who?

Could Doctor Who be heading off on a new journey for its second 50 years? That’s what silver-tongued Steven Moffat appears to be hinting at in a recent interview.

Speaking with SFX about the upcoming special, The Day of the Doctor, Moffat teased that the Doctor has found his mission:

We’ve got to set the Doctor off in a brand new direction. It’s chapter two of his life. Now something happens to him that changes the way he thinks and the way he will adventure from now on.

You can celebrate an anniversary in many ways – – I think the most productive one within the narrative is to say, ‘This is where the story really starts. This is where he finds his mission, he finds his destiny.’

Let us take time to assess the score, shall we? We already have a huge episode celebrating the 50th Anniversary coming up. Did I mention that David Tennant and Billie Piper are along for the ride? What about the mystery of John Hurt being revealed? And let’s not forget the upcoming Christmas regeneration from Smith to Capaldi. That’s enough to get even the most causal Whovian to become excited. Now, we factor in the importance of the events of the upcoming special: the “Mad Man with a Box” who has travelled all throughout time and space with little thought of where he was headed next will finally have a guiding purpose.

The stakes have always been high for the 50th Anniversary special, and with each passing comment and tease from the “Moff”, they only seem to get higher. Balancing fandom expectations and reigning in new viewers was always going to be a huge challenge; adding the narrative needed to propel Doctor Who’s future, and you have almost unattainable expectations. Can Moffat succeed? Can he deliver on all of these claims and promises in 75 minutes?

And probably most importantly, what is the Doctor’s mission? Share thoughts down below!

(Via SFX 241)


“That’s bacon! Are you trying to poison me?” And from that line on, I’ve been unable to stop watching, reading, musing about the Doctor. As a recent transplant to the Whoniverse, I’ve been trying to soak up as much Who-related knowledge as possible. That journey has taken me from the Tenth Planet to the Fields of Trenzalore and gently set me at the edge of my seat for what’s next. It’s an honor to be here and I plan to bring a unique perspective. I hope you’ll enjoy the journey alongside me.

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