While avoiding releasing anything too revealing – after all, this book will be a Christmas present for thousands – Moffat confirms that Rory and Amy won’t be in this year’s Christmas Special but they will return next season!
However Moffat isn’t as forthcoming about a return for River Song:
“That’s dependent on Alex Kingston.”
Moffat also offered up a personal explanation as to why the show, in all likelihood, won’t return to our screens until the Autumn of 2012:
“The truth behind the delay next year is: why are we killing ourselves and risking compromising the show, in order to go out in the middle of summer? I’m sick of it. I’m sick of standing in the blazing sunshine, with a barbecue fork in my hand, knowing that Doctor Who is coming on any minute.”
He also goes on to apparently confirm the switch to Autumn with:
“Six o’clock on a sunny Saturday is the middle of the afternoon, whereas six o’clock on a winter or autumn Saturday is dark and exciting.”
It makes sense, doesn’t it? If nothing else, it certainly vindicates the opinions of many long-term fans of Doctor Who, including Kasterborous editor Christian Cawley.
Moffat also offers up some more superlatives to describe the plans for the 50th Anniversary which seem to confirm all your wishes at once:
“Epic, huge, massive, indulgent… all your treats at once”.
There you go.
If the any part of the Anniversary doesn’t include your longed for return of Alpha Centauri then please send your hate mail to Steven Moffat c/o… (Do not send your hate mail to Steven Moffat).
Moffat also adds:
“I guarantee you it’s going to be the best year ever to be a Doctor Who fan. We’re going to be in production for longer than ever, just to do everything that we intend to do”.
To read these and more exciting, encouraging words like these, order Doctor Who: The Brilliant Book 2012 for just £7.40 from Amazon – it’s out today!