Steven Moffat On What Could Have Happened If David Tennant Had Stayed On For Another Series Of Doctor Who..
Steven Moffat has taken time out from squirelling away on the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary scripts to answer some burning questions posed to him by readers of Doctor Who Magazine, and there's one in particular that we think will interest a lot of our readers. What would have happened if David Tennant had "Turned Left" and stayed on for just one more year of time travels in the TARDIS...
Reader James Powell asks just that:
How different (if at all) would the story arc for your first season have been if David Tennant had stayed on for one more year?
I only had the roughest idea. Had David stayed for one final year, it would certainly have been his last, so my pitch was that it would start with the TARDIS crashing in Amelia's back garden - as now - and a terribly battered and bruised Tenth Doctor staggering out. Amelia finds him, feeds him fish custard (no that was for Matt, it would have been something more Davidy) and generally helps him. But we, the audience, can see he's in a truly bad way. Dying maybe. Eventually he heads back to his TARDIS, and flies off.
But when he returns - many years later for Amy - he seems perfectly fine, and indeed doesn't remember any of those events...And of course over time, we realise what we saw was the Tenth Doctor at the end of his life, about to regenerate.
Events that we return to in Episode 13...
There you go. The road not taken. Weird even to think about it now!
You can read the full interview with Steven Moffat in the current issue of Doctor Who Magazine which is out now!