Steven Moffat explains why killing off a Doctor feels 'very wrong'

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Dec 19, 2013, 11:26 AM EST

Are you ready for the Fall of the Eleventh? We sure ain't. But what about Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat?

To be honest, he found it particularly hard to kill off a beloved Doctor—and he explains why.

In an interview with The Mirror, Moffat revealed how tough it was for him to write the regeneration of Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor and that it felt like “a very wrong thing to do.”

He said:

“Regeneration scenes are the toughest but most exciting part of Doctor Who - you don't really know the show until you've written one.
“Previously, I'd only written Matt's end of David's regeneration - this is the first time I've actually killed off a Doctor. “It feels like a very wrong thing to do to your childhood, not to mention one of your friends!”

Regenerations can get rather emotional to watch, especially when you’re attached to a certain Doctor—heck, we bawled like babies when David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor regenerated into Smith’s Eleventh. To this day, we still don’t have a dry eye when we see it. Will Matt Smith’s departure be as sad and iconic? Guess we’ll find out in the upcoming Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor”—Smith’s swan song as that good ol' Mad Man in the Big Blue Police Box.

Steven Moffat also had something to say about the NEXT man in the TARDIS—the Twelfth Doctor, played by Torchwood: Children of Earth and World War Z actor Peter Capaldi:

“Peter's only just done his first readthrough, and now the real work on his Doctor has begun.”
“This isn't the time for talking - it's the time for working hard. See you next year!”

Are you guys sad about Matt Smith's departure from the TARDIS? Excited for Peter Capaldi's arrival as the next Doctor? Feeling a strong mix of emotions?

(The Mirror via Doctor Who TV)