Steven Moffat: The Doctor Who 50th anniversary will “take over television”

And there will eventually be an answer to the question of the two Oswins, says the Who showrunner

Plans for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary next year are afoot and “they are immense, they are considerable,” says Steven Moffat.


Speaking at a preview of Christmas special The Snowmen, the showrunner promised that special episodes celebrating the Time Lord’s half-century would be “full of tremendous surprises”. But, in characteristic Moffat style, he remained tight-lipped regarding details.

“They wouldn’t be surprises if I accidentally said them now, would they?” teased Moffat. “But I promise you, we’re going to take over television. Trust me.”

Moffat also addressed questions about new companion Clara Oswin, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, who appeared unexpectedly as a different, but apparently linked character, Oswin Oswald, in the series seven opener Asylum of the Daleks, ahead of her formal debut this Christmas.

No explanation as to the relationship between the two roles has yet been forthcoming – and that looks like remaining the case for some time.


“You will know [what links them] eventually,” promised Moffat. “You are going to get the answer, but as ever on Doctor Who, we make you wait a little bit longer.”