Steven Moffat says Doctor Who will run for at least five more years

In news bound to cheer Time Lord fans everywhere, Steven Moffat has confirmed that Doctor Who will run for at least five more years. The news comes courtesy of a new interview with Doctor Who Magazine, in which Moffat reveals that the BBC are seeking meetings to extend the show for a further five years and potentially beyond…

“I thought it would last 10 years,” says Moffat of his revamp of the classic show. “I didn’t think it would last 10 years with BBC Worldwide trying to get me in a room to talk about their plan for the next five years! It’s going to do a minimum of 15. I mean, it could do 26!”

“Ten years on, our ratings are pretty much the same,” he continues. “Actually, internationally, bigger. No show does that. You’re meant to go down! Doctor Who just stays. It’s extraordinary!”

“When I first took it over, the BBC said to me, ‘We’ve done all our calculations. The ratings will now fall. Expect to lose quite a bit. We don’t mind that. We’re going to keep it going. So long as it’s a good show we won’t mind if the ratings stop being quite as amazing as they were. That’s absolutely fine.’ And they didn’t. They pretty much stayed the same.”

The next series of Doctor Who is scheduled to make its bow this autumn, with an exact air date to be confirmed. Long may it continue!

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