When it was announced David Tennant was leaving Doctor Who back in 2009, the news left fans pretty much gutted. I know I was. Such was the actor’s popularity as the 10th Doctor that the BBC even planned on axing the show as soon as Tennant finished his run in the TARDIS in 2010.
This is what current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat revealed in a report over at Metro. Moffat said that when David Tennant revealed was quitting his gig of traveling through time and space, Auntie Beeb considered ending the beloved series in the wake of his departure. So, who saved the show? It was none other than former showrunner Russell T Davies, who told them: “You are not allowed to end it.”
It's an order the BBC has obviously taken to heart, since the show’s 10th season is currently in the works. Moffat said back in 2014:
“David owned that role in a spectacular way, gave it an all-new cheeky sexy performance and became a national treasure. And he didn’t do it instantly, he did it over time. So the idea that Doctor Who could go on at all in the absence of David was a huge question.”
Go on it did, in the form of Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor and Peter Capaldi’s Twelve, with Moffat at the helm as the new showrunner. However, it looks like things were THIS CLOSE to coming to an end. Moffat said, “I didn’t realize how many people thought it wouldn’t succeed at all. That was quite terrifying when I found out about it later.”
Are you at all surprised the BBC wanted to end the show after David Tennant’s departure from Doctor Who?