Doctor Who returns next month for one final season starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, before the Time Lord regenerates once again. Season 10 will also be the final season showrunner Steven Moffat will be involved with the show. Moffat has been with the series since it was relaunched in 2005, first as writer and then as executive producer. Chris Chibnall will take over as showrunner for the new Doctor is as yet unknown.
But despite Moffat leaving Doctor Who and having recently wrapped up his work on Sherlock (for the time being) that doesn’t mean he’ll stay idle for very long. In fact, the writer says he’s wants to do something ‘completely different’ next.
In a new interview with World Screen, Moffat hinted at a ‘new project’ that he is working on, saying:
“I’ve got one thing I’m quite excited about. I can’t talk about it yet. I haven’t given these things a great deal of thought because I’m still absolutely in the storm of Doctor Who. I’m writing my last finale just ahead of my last Christmas special; they’re both staring me in the face right now. But it’s still full on. It will be full on until the second it’s not. There is no process of leaving. One day you’re doing the job fully and completely, the next day you’re not. It will be as simple as that. And then I’m in a good position to get stuff going if I want to. I’ve got some things I fancy doing. I’d probably like to do some things that are quite different because it does feel like, by accident rather than by design, I’ve been involved in curating two enormous behemoths, two enormous, showbizzy things that everyone in the world wants to have the most interesting opinion about. [Laughs] I’d quite like to do something completely different from that. It was very refreshing the first time I wrote Doctor Who because I’d been writing comedy for years. The first time I wrote for Doctor Who there was a glorious shock of the new, which I enjoyed and which I think ended up stimulating me as a writer. I’d quite like that feeling again.
Moffat has already got one project in the works for his post-Doctor-Who days: Jekyll. A movie based on the mini-series of the same name (that Moffat created), Jekyll is set for a 2018 release, with Chris Evans attached to star and Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer behind the camera. Moffat will be producing, presumably because of his work on the original mini-series, but the script is being penned by Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry.
This could be what Moffat is referring to, but it’s unlikely. Not only is he not writing for Jekyll, but the movie project is far from “different,” given that he already worked on the concept for the 2007 miniseries. It’s far more likely that Moffat will try his hand at something else entirely, and with lots of experience in comedy and fantasy/sci-fi, there are plenty of other genres for the writer to explore. Obviously, with so many possibilities, it’s near-impossible to guess where Moffat may go next, but we will keep you updated as soon as he announces this mystery project.
Doctor Who season 10 premieres Saturday, April 15 on BBC America.