Doctor Who will return in just over two weeks for Peter Capaldi’s final run as The Doctor before the character once again regenerates. The next season will see the addition of Nardole (played by Matt Lucas) and newcomer Bill Potts (played by Pearl Mackie) as his new companions which should make for a fresh new season. It will also be Steven Moffat’s last season showrunning the series.
Moffat has been the guiding voice for the series for the past six years and will pass the torch on to Chris Chibnall who will have the hard task of recasting the role of The Doctor. Moffat himself inherited the role after Russell T. Davies revived and ran the series from 2005 to 2010 and proved there was still a huge demand for the cult classic
Despite all of the success the series has enjoyed through its very long run Moffat does think the show could have been improved with one simple addition: more money. Here’s what he told iNews about Doctor Who’s legacy and his bewilderment at the budget of the show:
“There’s a cultural sense sometimes that Doctor Who is the little engine that could, it’s this plucky little British show. But it’s actually one of the giants. It’s one of the least well-funded of the giants but it’s operating at that level. Why? It’s a massive show. We have a pretty good budget. But we have a smaller budget than other shows that look cheaper. We don’t have the top budget, not by the standards of a colossus of the TV world. I don’t think it’s as good as it could be. I want more than three monsters on screen at a time.”
Doctor Who has never been known for its lavish budget since it first premiered all the way back in the 1960s. It has always been an eccentric television show with a cult following and limited funds. It wasn’t until the revival that the series was able to increase the budget, move from video to film, and even the length of episodes increased from half-hour serials to full hour self-contained episodes.
An increased budget for the series could possibly allow the creative staff tackle more ambitious stories but possibly at the cost of losing some of those cult hallmarks. Having said that, the series has enjoyed a large following for the past ten years and the show’s production value is much higher than the original series 26 year run so the case could be made that increasing the show’s budget won’t affect the off-kilter stories.
Doctor Who season 10 premieres Saturday, April 15 on BBC America.