The loss of Gallifrey has been one of the defining story points for the modern era of Doctor Who. We’ve so far seen three different incarnations of the Doctor — played by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, respectively — each of whom was haunted by his actions during the Time War and the resulting destruction of his homeworld and people. That changed in a major way during the one-two punch of last year’s The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor, but even though the Doctor has changed history and saved Gallifrey, one Who writer doesn’t think the show should be in any hurry to get to the homecoming.
Mark Gatiss co-created Sherlock with Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, and he has penned a half-dozen episodes of modern Who, including “The Unquiet Dead,” “A Good Man Goes to War,” and “The Crimson Horror.” He’s also a name that comes up often when people start speculating about who might take over as Who boss when Moffat steps down. During a recent Q&A in Brazil, Gatiss addressed the subject of whether the Doctor would be returning home for a victory lap anytime soon: