The Doctor's story has been in the telling for nigh on 50 years, but according to Moffat, that story is just truly beginning now.
We've touched on this in the past, but telling the tale of one character and his many companions over the course of five decades is a challenge because there's an assumption that only so many stories can be told. And, if we're being honest, the Doctor has been reliving the same kinds of adventures the longer he's on the air.
But Moffat has already been trying to change that in drips and drabs. After the show's fifth season back on TV, Moffat gave us two seasons in a row that played with the formula quite a bit. First with the Doctor's death, then with his marriage to River Song, and finally with the revelation that he's got a past incarnation he's been hiding from everyone -- including us!
But according to Moffat, those changes, and the show itself, are just the beginning. In an interview with SFX, Moffat hinted about where things are headed:
We’ve got to set the Doctor off in a brand new direction. It’s chapter two of his life. Now something happens to him that changes the way he thinks and the way he will adventure from now on. You can celebrate an anniversary in many ways –- I think the most productive one within the narrative is to say, “This is where the story really starts. This is where he finds his mission, he finds his destiny."
The real question is, what new direction does Moffat mean? The Doctor has switched gears several times over the years -- he ran away from the Time Lords, became their leader, was placed on trial, and then ostensibly killed all the Time Lords during the infamous Time War. Those are all big changes, so if this next change is bigger than all those, what can it possibly be? And could it have something to do with those dwindling regenerations that everyone keeps bringing up?
(via Doctor Who TV)