“It’s not easy to find new people,” he says. “It’s not easy to find new Doctors. That could be the danger – that you start to think that it’s easy. There’s nothing easy about doing Doctor Who.”
Moffat says that the show is a strong as it ever has been since the relaunch in 2005, and is actually growing internationally.
“Ten years on, our ratings are pretty much the same. Actually, internationally, bigger. No show does that! You’re meant to go down! Doctor Who just stays. It’s extraordinary!” he said.
He also revealed that the BBC had a surprisingly practical outlook when Moffat took the reins from previous showrunner Russell T. Davies.
“When I first took it over, the BBC said to me, ‘We’ve done all our calculations. The ratings will now fall. Expect to lose quite a bit. We don’t mind that. We’re going to keep it going. So long as it’s a good show we won’t mind if the ratings stop being quite as amazing as they were. That’s absolutely fine.’ And they didn’t. They pretty much stayed the same.”
Ben Stephenson, head of BBC drama, echoed Moffat’s confidence in the series, saying there’s no reason that can’t be celebrating the show’s 100th anniversary in another 50 years.
“Because it’s such an amazing format, because you can constantly revive it and re-imagine it, then as long as the people looking after it are passionate about it and the BBC is passionate about it, there’s absolutely no reason why it can’t do another 50 years.”
Doctor Who will return for Series 9, with Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, later in 2015.
ANNA MARIA WITH DEAD POOL:
In this panel from Joe Kelly’s landmark run on Deadpool, the “Merc with a Mouth” (just worked in a nickname so we don’t have to write the word “Deadpool” twice in a row) acknowledges that he’s a character in a serialized piece of fiction when he tells his adversary, Bullseye, exactly when the two last tangoed. While it’s a helpful guideline for the reader (to this day, editors will still use those little * notes to alert readers of prior events), Kelly dropped this line into Deadpool to mock tired superhero/villain banter and immediately cut to the chase.
This bit was ahead of its time and is still quite funny, but as its fifth-place ranking, suggests, it’s pretty basic fourth wall breaking.
4. The Other Guys
Building off the last entry (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, just scroll up), this issue of A+X features a team-up between Deadpool and Hawkeye that’s derailed when an adversary misidentifies them as “Purple Arrow” and “Ninja Spider-Man.” For an extra turn of the fourth wall-breaking screw, Deadpool comments on the newness of their Hawkeye and Deadpoolbooks, and how their lack of exposure has lead to the misidentifications.
The “Purple Arrow” comment is just an obvious poke at the fact that Hawkeye, despite his current “A” list status in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is a blatant ripoff of DC Comics’ Green Arrow. Meanwhile, Deadpool’s crack on how his and Hawkeye’s new books haven’t developed a strong following yet reads as a good-natured swipe at the frequency of superhero comic reboots and relaunches.
3. Mixed Media
Remember when we mentioned video game Deadpool fighting with energy bars (see, the honorable mentions do count!)? In the same vein, Deadpool has a habit of acknowledging his comic book status by referring to medium conventions like dialogue balloons and narration boxes (aka, “little yellow boxes”). Starting with Gail Simone’s run scripting Deadpool, the character would converse with these little yellow boxes, and in some instances, argue with them (like I am with the person who keeps putting all this parenthetical information into this listicle. Stop doing that). Thank you.
2. Honor Thy Father (Or Not)
Deadpool is not the first comic book character to acknowledge his creator. An early Silver Age issue of the Fantastic Four actually featured Doctor Doom interacting with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby as part of his plot to conquer Reed Richards and company. But there’s just something smarmy about the way Deadpool smugly winks and nods at his creator, Rob Liefeld, that has a certain je ne sais quoi about it (French? Does this writer think he’s better than me?). A lot of that is due to Liefeld’s controversial status in the comic book industry. An artist who hit supernova status when he was practically a teenager, Liefeld gets credited for pioneering many 90s artistic trends that are derided by fans and critics today – i.e. oversized guns, disproportionate anatomy, and pouches. The Fantastic Four addressed the fact that Kirby wouldn’t draw Galactus the same way twice, but Deadpool has never shied from a shot at Liefeld. And depending on where your opinion stands on Liefeld, that’s either very funny or mean-spirited.
1. Look Familiar?
What better way to end a listicle that’s tied to recent Deadpool movie news than by listing a Deadpool film reference in the top spot?
Actually, what’s amazing about this panel is that it was published nearly seven years BEFORE Wolverine: Origins, the first movie where Ryan Reynolds portrays the “Merc With a Mouth” (before they took away his mouth for reasons that anger fans to this day). Did the comic’s writer, Gail Simone, have some kind of crystal ball that told her Reynolds would one day play Deadpool, or was she just making a cheeky joke about him at the expense of a random and handsome actor? Either way, acknowledging the real world outside of the fictional world of comics books, is, by definition, breaking the fourth wall. So coincidental foresight, this instance earns the top spot (and, as we said at the very top of this article, this list was explicitly timed to tie-in to the wave of Reynolds/Deadpool movies news).
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.