We only recently found out when the Doctor will be making his return for Doctor Who’s eighth modern season — on Saturday, August 23 — kicking off a new era of Who with a brand-new Doctor in the form of Peter Capaldi. And that’s not all that’s new, since the Twelfth Doctor is the first of a whole new regeneration cycle for the time lord thanks to The Time of the Doctor, which means we should hopefully be getting another 50 years of the Doctor’s adventures at the very least. But while we’ve got a new season, and we’ve got a new Doctor, one familiar presence is staying constant. Showrunner Steven Moffat is still at the helm, and it sounds like he’ll be sticking around for a while yet.
Matt Smith beginning his tenure as the Eleventh Doctor coincided with Moffat taking over as executive producer and showrunner, so the departure of Smith last year might have seemed like a natural time for Moffat to make his exit. But he’s clearly not done telling Who stories, and Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor will give him the chance to tell a different type of Who stories. And in a column for Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat seems to confirm that he’ll keep spinning his tales of the time lord through two more seasons at least — the impending eighth and the inevitable ninth. Moffat writes: