Doctor Who: Steven Moffat promises storyline “closure” in Christmas special

The showrunner also reveals he's unsure whether River Song will return - or exactly what he's learnt from writing the show

What are the Silence? Who blew up the Tardis? And why, exactly, did Madame Kovarian’s Clerics hate the Doctor so much? Steven Moffat has promised to clear up “some” of these outstanding plot questions in this year’s Christmas special.


“Well, we are going to do it all,” he said. “It’s going to end at Christmas. Yeah, [there will be closure]… there’s a plan, and we will end the Eleventh Doctor’s run with the answers to some of those questions.”

The mysteries, set up in Matt Smith’s first of three series as the eleventh Doctor, have piled on top of each other as the show has progressed. Yet for every answer – the identity of River Song, for example – a new question takes its place: most notably, the mystery of the exploding Tardis. Speaking to Io9, Moffat also went on to say that he’s “not quite sure” yet if Alex Kingston’s Song will return after her apparent farewell in series seven finale The Name of the Doctor.

“I mean we can see her again because everything’s out of sequence and clearly the implication is that she’s met more than two Doctors. But the question is whether or not we should revisit her. It’ll now be story-driven. If we’ve got an idea that she fits into perfectly then there’s no reason why we can’t do it, but I quite liked where we got to at the end of The Name of the Doctor, with him saying goodbye to her. So we’ll see.”


Asked what he’s learnt while writing Doctor Who, Moffat added: “I feel as if I’ve learned nothing. That’s a despairing attitude! Because every Doctor Who episode is different. I’m writing one right now and thinking, ‘Ooh. How can I have been writing this for so long, and I still don’t know what’s going to work?’ Each script is a very different challenge, and that’s probably special to Doctor Who. There isn’t a paradigm episode. Every episode has to be fast, funny, emotional and inventive. Every scene ends in a cliffhanger. Every moment is huge and powerful. That’s the aim, anyway. Whether we do it all the time is another matter.”