The show's lead writer and executive producer was speaking exclusively to SFX, and made these comments on the change in tone in Series 8:
“I think it feels more serious. One of the watchwords we have this year is there are consequences for choosing to live like this. It’s not a fairytale. If you have people back home, if you run away it’s going to have an effect on them. And it’s not necessarily always going to be lovely. And does the Doctor make you better? We want to make it feel that these adventures can hurt…”Moffat also spoke about the changes in personality experienced by the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) compared to his predecessor:
“He’s not as immediately approachable and he’s not necessarily looking for your approval. I would like to restore the sense that when he says ‘Wait here, I’ll be back’ you really hope he’ll be back, but you’re not absolutely convinced… What he’s not doing is reassuring you very much.”In his interview Moffat also revealed how the relationship between the Doctor and his companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) will alter as a result:
“From a Doctor she could sort of control, because he had a crush on her, she’s landed with a Doctor who barely registers that she’s a girl. They’re great friends and all that but she has to be his human interface with everybody else.”SFX Issue 251 will be on sale from Wednesday 23rd July, and will include more from Moffat's interview as well as an episode-by-episode preview of Series 8, which begins on Saturday 23rd August.
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