Outgoing ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Steven Moffat knows exactly what it would take to improve the show. And it seems that, as a wise man once said, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
In a conversation with iNews, Moffat aired his frustrations with the show’s budget, and the limitations it imposes, telling the publication:
“We have a pretty good budget. But we have a smaller budget than other shows that look cheaper. We don’t have the top budget, not by the standards of a colossus of the TV world. I don’t think it’s as good as it could be. I want more than three monsters on screen at a time.”
Of course, budgetary woes are nothing new for ‘Doctor Who’, with shoestring budgets being something of a hallmark of the classic series. In fact, the tightness of the budget was one of the reasons classic ‘Who’ settled on a more serialized format than its modern counterpart, as that allowed them to spend several episodes worth of funds on a single story. And if you think Moffat might be exaggerating with his remark about having “three monsters on screen,” there was a time when the series literally only had three Daleks to work with.
In fact, the veteran writer acknowledged this history, and seemed to suggest that it may even have had some influence on the show’s persistently tight budget, adding:
“There’s a cultural sense sometimes that ‘Doctor Who’ is the little engine that could, it’s this plucky little British show. But it’s actually one of the giants. It’s one of the least well funded giants, but it’s operating at that level. Why? It’s a massive show.”
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The tenth season of ‘Doctor Who’ is set to premiere on April 15th, 2017. In addition to returning star Peter Capaldi, the new season will feature Matt Lucas, Pearl Mackie, and Michelle Gomez. The season will culminate in this years’ Christmas special, as both Capaldi and Moffat bid their farewells.