Steven Moffat teases “more serious” Doctor Who series 8: “It’s not a fairytale”

The showrunner also reveals that Peter Capaldi's Doctor will have a rather different relationship with companion Clara

Steven Moffat has given fans a glimpse of what to expect from Doctor Who series eight – revealing that with new Doctor Peter Capaldi comes a “more serious” tone for the show.


“One of the watchwords we have this year is there are consequences for choosing to live like this,” he said. “It’s not a fairytale. If you have people back home, if you run away it’s going to have an effect on them. And it’s not necessarily always going to be lovely. And does the Doctor make you better? We want to make it feel that these adventures can hurt…”

Moffat has also given an insight into what kind of lead Capaldi will be, with trailers for series eight teasing a darker take from the actor, whose Doctor is heard asking: “Am I a good man?”

“He’s not as immediately approachable and he’s not necessarily looking for your approval,” Moffat told SFX Magazine. “I would like to restore the sense that when he says ‘Wait here, I’ll be back’ you really hope he’ll be back, but you’re not absolutely convinced… What he’s not doing is reassuring you very much.”

According to Moffat, the twelfth Doctor will also have a very different relationship with his companion Clara, played by Jenna Coleman, compared to previous Doctor Matt Smith. 

“From a Doctor she could sort of control, because he had a crush on her, she’s landed with a Doctor who barely registers that she’s a girl. They’re great friends and all that but she has to be his human interface with everybody else.”


Doctor Who series eight returns to BBC1 with the feature-length Deep Breath, airing on Saturday 23 August.