“No past characters” in new ‘Doctor Who’

Steven Moffat has confirmed that none of the major characters from the Russell T. Davies era of Doctor Who will appear in his first series.

The new showrunner previously revealed that the Weeping Angels, Daleks and Silurians will feature in Matt Smith’s first year as The Doctor, but moved to rule out a return of the human characters introduced by his predecessor.

Moffat told The Guardian: “The more you back-reference, the more it feels like a sequel and the sequel is ever as good as the original.

“Old favourites can return, provided you can do something new and exciting with them.”

He added: “There are no past characters coming back in this series, but I imagine that kids would love to see Captain Jack meet the new Doctor.”

Of his shift from writer to executive producer, Moffat claimed: “You don’t think of it in terms of a challenge. You think ‘Ooh, wouldn’t it be great to do that?!’ and I’m now in the fortunate position of being able to think that and make it happen.”

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