While it may be a while before we see series seven of Doctor Who, series producer Steven Moffat says he and the writing team are hard at work, mapping out the stories for next year.
Leading into the 50th anniversary for the show, Moffat says that currently he’s not planning any two part stories for the seventh series.
“Nothing in the next run is starting out as a two-parter,” he tells Doctor Who Magazine. “At this stage, everything is a single episode, and the only reason anything will become a two-parter is if we think it needs to be; not so much that the story is too long for 45 minutes, because nothing is too long for 45 minutes, but if it feels as though there are two distinct stages to the story.”
Moffat says that the assumption that two part stories save money is incorrect and that’s one of the reasons he’s ready to not have multi-part episodes next year.
“I want to be able to say, every week, we’ve got a big standalone blockbuster, and then a trailer that makes it look like nothing compared to what’s going to happen next week! That’s the form for next year,” he adds.
As for what we can expect next year, Moffat lets slip a few details. “I want slutty titles and movie-poster plots. I want big pictures and straplines. The first episode I’m writing is called [Spoiler] of the [Spoilers]. And it’ll feel a bit like Die Hard, that first episode,” he says.