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Steven Moffat has said Series 8 will be “more serious” and the episodes will have larger “consequences”.

Speaking to SFX Magazine, Moffat said: “I think it feels more serious. One of the watchwords we have this year is there are consequences for choosing to live like this. It’s not a fairytale.

“If you have people back home, if you run away it’s going to have an effect on them. And it’s not necessarily always going to be lovely. And does the Doctor make you better? We want to make it feel that these adventures can hurt…”

Moffat went on to talk about Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor: “He’s not as immediately approachable and he’s not necessarily looking for your approval.

“I would like to restore the sense that when he says ‘Wait here, I’ll be back’ you really hope he’ll be back, but you’re not absolutely convinced… What he’s not doing is reassuring you very much.”

Speaking on Clara’s relationship with Capaldi’s Doctor, he said: “From a Doctor she could sort of control, because he had a crush on her, she’s landed with a Doctor, who barely registers that she’s a girl. They’re great friends and all that, but she has to be his human interface with everybody else.”

Doctor Who Series 8 will begin on Saturday, 23rd August on BBC One.

Steven Moffat has called on Doctor Who fans to prove when it is actually said for certain that The Doctor is not human.

Speaking in Doctor Who Magazine issue 475, Moffat says: “Here’s a question I tried on some Doctor Who fans recently, and we were all a bit startled by the answer, when it finally emerged – if we got it right. Okay; keeping in mind that everything you know for sure is probably wrong, answer me this: in which story is it confirmed, definitively, that the Doctor is not human?

“Now before you jump up and yell ‘An Unearthly Child’ – sorry, but wrong. He makes it clear he’s not from this time, and seems to indicate that he was born on another world, but he never says he’s an alien. He could, just as easily, be a human being from the far future, born on some colonised world. Indeed, most of his conversation in the early days would seem to confirm that he thinks of himself as human, and he even explicitly states that he is, at least once.

“So come on then. To your DVD collection. In what story do the wise men and women of the BBC stop fudging the issue, and make our hero Not One Of Us. I’m not talking about him having remarkable abilities or attributes – we’ve always known he’s not ordinary, that’s fair enough. Spider-Man’s not ordinary, but he’s not an alien. And I’m not talking about series bibles, or internal memos or retconned continuity – when did the Doctor Who production team stop hedging their bets and make him alien?

“Fandom, to your work. Yes, Russell, you too.”

Steven Moffat has promised a “whopper” of a cliffhanger, towards the end of the “next series” of Doctor Who.

In Doctor Who Magazine issue 475, Moffat is asked how far in advance he plans, to which he replies: “One series at a time, largely. I suppose, I had a fair amount of Trenzalore worked out (The Doctor trapped in a war for a thousand years) when I wrote ‘The Eleventh Hour’, but that’s really the exception.”

He went on to talk about the “next series” of Doctor Who: “Sitting here, right now, just before the finale shooting block, I’ve figured out the cliffhanger to the penultimate episode of the next series. And it’s a whopper. Ohh, I don’t think you’ll see this coming!”

Doctor Who Series 8 will air in August 2014 on BBC One.

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