Doctor Who: Mark Gatiss on why the Time Lords shouldn’t “become like a bunch of MPs”

The Sherlock show-runner has some tentative thoughts on the Doctor returning to Gallifrey


The Doctor’s world of Gallifrey may have been spectacularly saved in last year’s 50th anniversary special, but Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss doesn’t think that the Time Lord should be making a habit of visiting home.


On a BBC Worldwide tour of Brazil, the Sherlock show-runner gave a cautious answer to the question of whether Steven Moffat should bring the Time Lord planet back into the show

“Every time you go back to Gallifrey, it starts to make the Time Lords a bit too domesticated,” he said. “I know that’s why Russell T Davies came up with the whole idea of the Doctor being the last one because eventually if you see them so often they become a bit like a bunch of MPs, whereas if you talk about them as this amazing, powerful force, they’re much more exciting.”

Time Lord society featured prominently in Classic Who; with the Doctor returning home frequently to be embroiled in its stuffy, political affairs. In 2005, however, T Davies decided to kill them off and re-cast the Doctor as a troubled, lone wolf.

Asked if – given the chance – he would like write an episode set on Gallifrey, he continued:


“I don’t know if I would want to do one. I think the way the Time Lords were represented in The End of Time and The Day of the Doctor was very exciting because we’re seeing them in a crisis and they’re trying to come up with different ways of saving themselves. But I suppose if the Doctor ever does find Gallifrey again, then we might find out more. Who knows…”