Steven Moffat explains why he had to bring back the Zygons for Who’s 50th

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Oct 22, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT (Updated)

Zygons are cool and Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat is bringing them back for the big 50th-anniversary special. Wanna know why?

The Zygons made their first and only appearance in 1975’s “Terror of the Zygons.” Still, they clearly became fan favorites, but have been conspicuously absent from the beloved sci-fi series ever since. Until now.

So why has Moffat chosen to bring back those classic, starfishy-looking Who monsters after a rather overlong absence of 38 years?

He told Radio Times:

"Every year since I took over [Doctor Who] I've been trying to get the Zygons in. And then I thought 'Well, it's the 50th...' "The Zygons are beautifully designed monsters, they are so wonderful... We barely changed the design at all because it was so good."

He also adds:

"Obviously the Daleks had to be there, the Daleks had to come to the party because they’re really scary and are part of the iconography of Doctor Who – possibly the central part – so we had to have them.
"And in a way it was fun to bring back Doctor Who's biggest monster success ever, the Daleks, and then go to maybe the smallest monster success [the Zygons] – they were only in it once but everyone remembers them – great monsters, great outfits... and they have these nice whispery voices... "

Are you excited about the return of the Zygons? And are you looking forward to the big 5-0 special, “The Day of the Doctor”? (Of which you can watch the VERY awesome trailer here.)

Is it Nov. 23 yet?

(Radio Times via Doctor Who TV)