Doctor Who's Steven Moffat explains feeling "slightly sad" about writing return

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Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat has revealed that he felt "slightly sad" about his return to the show.

The screenwriter and former showrunner will contribute his first material to the BBC sci-fi show in seven years as the latest episode, 'Boom', airs on Saturday (May 18), with the writer also penning the script for the upcoming 2024 Christmas Special, ‘Joy to the World’.

Ahead of the premiere, Moffat spoke with TV Choice about the episode and the secrecy surrounding his return, revealing that he always harbours a tinge of sadness when it comes to creating narratives for the show.

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"It is entirely possible that I won't write [for] Doctor Who again," he said. "I don't know. I mean, after Christmas, I'm not lying. I'm not involved in series two. My contribution, in effect, is the Christmas special.

"I've got quite a lot of things that are coming in for me to do, so I might never write Doctor Who again. What I feel slightly sad about is, even if I do another one, I probably won't know when I've done my last one."

He went on to say that while he wasn't against doing another episode, he didn't have "any tremendous, visceral need to do [it]."

"As I got to the end of 'Boom' and 'Joy to the World', I did think, 'Is that it? Is that the final moment?' I think they both have quite good final moments for the Doctor [so] I was thinking, 'Yeah, that could be goodbye,'" he added.

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'Boom' sees Moffat rekindle his love for horror following the iconic 'Blink', with the newest episode seeing the Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and companion Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) in a spot of bother as the Time Lord accidentally steps on a landmine.

"It's probably the most grim, dark one I've done, because he's standing on a f***ing landmine – it's not laugh-a-minute," teased Moffat. "There are gags. There are lines that are jokes, yes. But it's a tough one."

Doctor Who airs on BBC One in the UK and Disney+ elsewhere. Classic episodes of Doctor Who are available on BBC iPlayer in the UK.

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