Moffat teases base attacks, alien planets for Doctor Who in 2013

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

We've all been so distracted by that snazzy new Doctor Who Christmas special that it's easy to forget there's a whole lot of new Who coming in 2013—luckily, showrunner Steven Moffat is here to tell us all about it.

In an interview with SFX, Moffat teased some of the episode concepts they're working up for the new season. It seems he'll be staying clear of two-parters this year, and promises every episode is a budget-busting masterpiece. Oh, classic Moffat.

As for the episodes, we can expect everything from urban thrillers to period dramas.

Here's what he had to say:

"We have Doctor Who taking on the modern urban thriller, which is not very much like anyone else's modern urban thriller! We've got your base-under-siege story in a new way. We've  gone all-out to give you a fantastic alien planet, which is looking absolutely amazing. We've got a cracking ghost story, a really cracking ghost story.

We've got Neil Gaiman doing the Cybermen - part of the impulse there was to say 'Have we fully exploited the creepy factor of the Cybermen yet?' I thought Neil would be a good match for that.

You're going to see 'Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS,' with more of the TARDIS than you've ever seen before. We've got Diana Rigg and junior Diana Rigg in an absolutely mental story by Mark Gatiss - all period drama will pale next to this monstrosity of nonsense! It's absolutely glorious. You'll watch other period dramas and say 'When are they going to do the scary bit?'

And then there's the finale, which has got some serious fanboy-pleasing going on in it. My aim for it - which I'm about to humiliate myself at the tone meeting by saying - is to have slightly more than you think could possibly happen in one episode. Slightly more treats than you think you could be allowed."

How cool does all that sound? Over the past season or so Moffat has tried to go big on concept episodes, drawing from big-screen tropes and classic Who lore to liven up the almost-50-year-old franchise. It looks like he'll be going even bigger in 2013.

What do you think of what Moffat has in store? You looking forward to the next season?

(Via SFX)