The newest Doctor Who series officially reaches American shores this Saturday, bringing with it a regenerated Doctor (the irresistible Matt Smith), old enemies like the Daleks, and a new showrunner: Steven Moffat. While 2010 marks Moffat’s first turn in the Who executive producer chair after the departure of Russell T. Davies, who brought the show back to life, Whovians are already more than familiar with the writer. For the past four series, Moffat has written some of the best and most memorable episodes of NuWho, including Blink and The Girl in the Fireplace, building a reputation for quality and time-travel stories that play with paradoxes in the process.
So what exactly does Moffat have planned for his take on Doctor Who? Sitting down with him yesterday, I tried to get an idea of what surprises he might have in store for us, as well as exactly what time period it is that new companion Amy Pond hails from. (Hint: it’s not circa 1990 as her boyfriend’s I.D. tag led many to believe.)
As for those of you jonesing for a Matt Smith fix, you can spot the star of Doctor Who casually walking about in the background for the majority of my interview with the Moff. (I think he was trying to work up the courage to speak to me… or, uh, maybe he was just busy on the phone.) Decide for yourself below.
Doctor Who premieres on BBC America Saturday, April 17 at 9/8c.