Can you imagine a world in which bow ties and fezzes would NOT be cool? That we wouldn’t have had a Raggedy Man? Well, it almost happened.
Steven Moffat has just revealed that the BBC considered ending Doctor Who after the departures of Tenth Doctor David Tennant and then-showrunner Russell T Davies from the sci-fi series back in 2008.
Speaking at the Hay Literary Festival, Moffat said, “I think there were plans maybe to consider ending it. It was Russell T Davies saying, 'You are not allowed to end it.'”
Moffat continued: “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.”
Wow! Color us actually surprised! Not that we’re surprised about the impact David Tennant had on the series, but surprised at the fact that the BBC felt they couldn’t replace him and that the show would fail.
“I didn’t realise how many people thought it wouldn’t succeed at all,” Moffat continued. “That was quite terrifying when I found out about it later.”
Steven Moffat also spoke about his initial reluctance to cast a Doctor who would be younger than Tennant (who was 34 at the time his first episode as the beloved Time Lord rolled) — as we all know, the role ultimately went to Matt Smith, who was the youngest Doctor ever to step into the TARDIS.
“I said, ‘We are seeing too many young actors.' Then Matt Smith comes in, and this is what happens when you get casting right.
"The moment Matt started saying that dialogue, with his strange manners and his extraordinary face, he was a hot young guy but he also looked kind of like your barmy uncle. I said, 'I really like him. What age is he?' They said '26'."
And the rest, as they say, is Time Vortex history.
Are you guys at all surprised that the BBC seriously considered pulling the plug on Doctor Who after the departures of David Tennant and Russell T Davies?
(via Radio Times)