Steven Moffat Returns To Doctor Who

    It’s official! The BBC has announced that Steven Moffat Returns To Doctor Who with Ncuti Gatwa’s first season. Last week, the official airtime and dates were revealed for Gatwa’s debut season. Now, the broadcaster has announced that former showrunner Steven Moffat is making an explosive return to the new Doctor Who series. He’ll be writing one of Gatwa’s first episodes. His work will be directed by BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Julie-Anne Robinson.

    Moffat previously took over from Showrunner Russell T Davies when he stepped down from his first stint. He led Doctor Who during the Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi eras. Steven is known for penning some of the most praised episodes in the show’s history and creating one of the most terrifying and iconic monsters, The Weeping Angels.

    LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 21: Steven Moffat attends the “Inside Man” Screening at BFI Southbank on September 21, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Shane Anthony Sinclair/Getty Images)

    Moffat Returns, But For What Doctor Who Episode?

    Outside of Doctor Who, Steven has been celebrated for co-writing and co-creating the multi-award-winning series Sherlock. Now he’s back, returning alongside Showrunner Russell T Davies, as he writes a whole new adventure for the upcoming season, which debuts this May.

    “Yes, okay, fair enough – apologies to everyone I’ve very slightly misled – I am in fact writing an episode of the series of Doctor Who. Exactly like I said I never would. What can I tell you? There was begging, there was pleading but finally Russell agreed to let me have another go – so long as I got out of his garden. Working with old friends and a brand new Doctor I couldn’t be happier. Sorry I was a bit reticent on the subject for so long. It was all part of an elaborate plan that would have delighted millions but at the last minute I forgot what it was.”

    Steven Moffat via BBC Press Office

    BAFTA, Emmy, and Golden Globe nominee Julie-Anne Robinson will direct the thrilling adventure. She will also kick off the season by directing the episode that succeeds The Church on Ruby Road, which aired at Christmas. Julie-Anne has previously directed some blockbuster television series, including Bridgerton, Orange Is The New Black, and Scandal, and she is now jumping on board the TARDIS to front two of the episodes.

     “It was a tremendous honour to direct episodes of Doctor Who for the BBC and Disney+. This beloved franchise is 60 years old and still going strong. It is part of our collective memory as Brits. I’ve always admired Russell T Davies and Ncuti Gatwa is an unbelievably talented actor who has stepped into the role of the Fifteenth Doctor effortlessly, alongside the equally talented Millie Gibson. Steven Moffat gave me an intense challenge as a director. I asked him for a keyword to describe the overall tone of the episode he said: ‘Hitchcock’. I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks. I’m grateful to Bad Wolf, the BBC and Disney+. It was an incredible experience”.

    Julie-Anne Robinson via BBC Press Office
    Picture Shows: The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson)

    Doctor Who Goes For Launch!

    The BBC is the exclusive home of Doctor Who in the UK. It premieres at 00:00 on Saturday, May 11th, on BBC iPlayer and will then air on BBC One that evening. Outside the UK, Doctor Who begins streaming on 10th May at 7:00 p.m. ET on Disney+ where available, giving audiences a simultaneous global launch. An episode will continue to drop on BBC iPlayer at 00:00 on Saturdays, followed by a primetime slot on BBC One each week following that.

    Doctor Who kicked off the new era on Christmas Day 2023. “The Church on Ruby Road” saw the debut of both Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson as The Doctor and Ruby Sunday. Doctor Who Premieres May 11th with a double episode bill on BBC iPlayer. Disney+ will be the exclusive home for new Doctor Who seasons outside the UK and Ireland.

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