Steven Moffat returning to Doctor Who?

Steven Moffat is returning to Doctor Who credit:Bang Showbiz
Steven Moffat is returning to Doctor Who credit:Bang Showbiz

Steven Moffat is returning to 'Doctor Who'.

The 61-year-old writer penned scripts for the sci-fi saga under Russell T. Davies' tenure as showrunner when the programme was rebooted in 2005, before taking the reins himself from 2010 to 2017, and now his friend is back in the hotseat, he's set to come back again to write for new Time Lord Ncuti Gatwa.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Russell’s on a mission to make 'Doctor Who' great again, event television not to be missed, which is what it was for many years during his and Steven’s tenures in charge of the show.

“One of the ways he can do that is to ensure he has the best possible people writing for the programme.

“He has nothing but respect for what Steven achieved with the show and was a fan of his vision as showrunner. He approached him about returning in just a writing capacity because he knows Doctor Who inside out and has a brilliant imagination for adventures in space and time.

"He took some convincing but the chance to contribute to a show he has loved since childhood and see it blossom in a new era with a new Doctor was just too much to resist.”

When he previously worked as a writer on the show, Steven penned fan favourite episodes including 'The Empty Child' and 'The Girl in the Fireplace', and introduced the sinister Weeping Angels to the programme in 'Blink'.

As showrunner, he brought in Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and Peter Capaldi as his successor, as well as Karen Gillan and Jenna Coleman as their respective companions.

Steven - who also created 'Sherlock' - was in charge of the show's 50th anniversary special 'The Day of the Doctor', which brought together Matt and David Tennant's Time Lord and introduced the late William Hurt as the War Doctor.

The scriptwriter recently expressed his hope 'Doctor Who' can go on forever and heaped praise on returning showrunner Russell.

He said: “I just want it to go on. I want it to not stop. I want it to, and I know Russell’s going to make use of its infinite adaptability to always be the number one predator in the environment.

"That’s what I want. I want it to go on forever. I believe it can. Like the stories of Robin Hood and King Arthur and Sherlock Holmes. Some things always go on.”