first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Every fan in the Whoniverse likes Doctor Who Christmas specials a lot. But the BBC, which nearly canceled this year’s annual episode, does not*.Exiting showrunner Steven Moffat supposedly stuck around for the year-end event to save the show’s much-coveted Dec. 25 slot.In an interview with Digital Spy last week, the head writer and executive producer confirmed his original plan to duck out at the end of series 10.“I had my finale planned and what I wanted to do with it. I had a good notion of that,” he said.But when news spread that incoming boss Chris Chibnall didn’t want to start his tenure with a holiday installment, Moffat volunteered as tribute.David Bradley reprises his role as First Doctor William Hartnell in December (via BBC)“Doctor Who wouldn’t lose that slot if we hadn’t [done a special] because Christmas Day is now so rammed,” he explained. “So I said, probably four glasses of red wine in, ‘I’ll do Christmas.’ And then had to persuade Peter [Capaldi] that’s how we were leaving.”Directed by Rachel Talalay, the Yuletide chapter marks the end for Moffat and Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, who is expected to regenerate into the show’s first female lead, Jodie Whittaker.“Twice Upon a Time” features Capaldi, David Bradley (as William Hartnell as the First Doctor), Mark Gatiss playing a WWI soldier, and the return of Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts. Plus, the trailer hints at the never-before-seen First Doctor’s regeneration—with companion Polly.The bittersweet episode (as described by Bradley) will wrap up Moffat’s 12-year stint on Doctor Who with a bow, to be presented in 2018 to Chibnall.“It’s like handing over any job,” Moff told Digital Spy. “Though Chris was incredibly, and is incredibly, fastidious about not wanting to seem to lurk behind me, ready to knife me in the back.“I never felt that—he was absolutely welcome to be there any time he wanted, I had no problem with it all. He’s a good friend,” the Scotsman added.*Before the British Broadcasting Company sends me an angry email: This was a simple play on How the Grinch Stole Christmas; the Beeb, to my knowledge, has no ill-will toward Doctor Who.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

How Steven Moffat Saved Doctor Who Christmas

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