Steven Moffat

Former ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Steven Moffat is here to deliver sour grapes regarding the new season, which is under the control of Chris Chibnall.

Moffat, who ran ‘Doctor Who’ from its reboot in 2009 until Chibnall took over for season 11, has mentioned his fear over the series looking “cheap” especially compared to shows on other platforms. Jodie Whittaker joined Chibnall for the new season as the first female incarnation of the Time Lord, and their first episode set a record for show ratings.

While on an episode of the podcast Sitcom Geeks, Moffat revealed that he thinks more money should be spent on ‘Doctor Who’ in order to keep the show competitive. The interviewer made a comment about the ‘Who’ of his childhood, saying:

“My memory of ‘Doctor Who’ is very much a piece of cardboard that he is standing behind.”

To which Moffat replied:

“That’s the big challenge of ‘Doctor Who’ now… running the risk of looking as cheap now as it did then, compared to what the rest of TV is doing, unless they put a whole lot more money into it. And it’s still an inexpensive show. A show that generates as much money as ‘Doctor Who’ should be getting more of it back, frankly.”

He continued, saying:

“Television didn’t use to look the way it looks now. When we watch now, we watch something that’s quite often better than cinema. Have you seen the recent ‘Game Of Thrones?’ I haven’t seen anything in the cinema that matches their battle scenes.”

‘Doctor Who’ continues on Sunday with ‘Arachnids in the UK.’ Here is an official synopsis for the upcoming episode:

“Something’s happening with the spiders in this city.” The Doctor, Yaz, Graham, and
Ryan find their way back to Yorkshire – and Yaz’s family – only to find something is
stirring amidst the eight-legged arachnid population of Sheffield.

‘Doctor Who’ airs on BBC America on Sundays at 8pm.