“I thought it would last ten years,” he told the Radio Times, shortly after the tenth anniversary of the show’s modern reboot. “I didn’t think it would last ten years with BBC Worldwide trying to get me in a room to talk about their plan for the next five years!”
“It’s going to do a minimum of 15,” he reiterated. “I mean, it could do 26!”
Moffat went on to say that Doctor Who‘s ratings are “pretty much the same,” although in reality its most recent season had the lowest ratings since Moffat took over as showrunner in 2010. Luckily, the overseas audience is growing, in large part because of the popularity of BBC America.
As one of the BBC’s flagship shows, Doctor Who is safe for the next five years no matter what. Even if it does take a dip in the ratings, it makes a ton of money in toys and merchandise and is the BBC’s most iconic export overseas.
But while Doctor Who will live on, Steven Moffat’s involvement is less certain.
As the lead writer of two of the U.K.’s top TV dramas, Moffat would be hard pressed to find a higher-profile, more influential job. However, he will want to move on at some point. In an interview earlier this year, he said, “Eventually, I’ll stop doing Doctor Who because it stops me doing anything else. But Sherlock doesn’t swamp my schedule.”
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