Executive producer Steven Moffat promises that there will be more online DOCTOR WHO content in the vein of The Night of the Doctor because he’s taking the new venue more seriously — and the BBC is giving him serious money to do it!
The Grand Moff credits Pond Life (the domestic adventures of Amy and Rory) with opening his eyes to the possibilities of online storytelling:
You suddenly realize something like Pond Life, which we took much more seriously, had an audience of over 6 million. You think, ‘Oh, wait, that’s a TV show!’ That’s just a TV show, and a lot of our audience make no distinction between that and the TV show.
“Same with The Night of the Doctor. What I think is quite exciting about all that stuff is you’re allowed to do a 6-minute episode. I actually think The Night Of The Doctor is one of the best ones we’ve done, and I don’t think it would be improved by being 45 minutes long. What more storytelling do we need? Arguably, always the problem with the regeneration show is everybody’s just waiting for the bit when he dies and regenerates — so why don’t we just do that bit? You don’t feel that you’re short-selling it at all. So there’s going to be more of that, up until the point when all television is like that. And it will be. All television will be downloadable content. It’s coming.
According to Moffat, he has been talking to the brass at BBC about getting “proper money” to do new episodes.
We’ll certainly do some more. We’ll do more prequels and stuff. I’ve been in to talk to the channel controller of iPlayer and say, ‘We need proper money for it,’ and they’re very keen. And we don’t call them prequels, we don’t call them minisodes, we just call them Doctor Who. That’s all they are. As I say, why not do an episode that’s 10 minutes? Or an episode that’s half an hour? It depends what it suits.
Considering what great stuff Moffat has already created in terms of episode prequels and minis odes, I’m really excited to see what he can do with a real budget!