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With just 13 episodes standing between him and freedom, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat waxes lyrical about his 13 years working on the sci-fi phenomenon.

In a recent interview with World Screen, the Scottish writer and producer talked hard work, companions (fictional and physical), advice, and the future.

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“I’d like to go and find a new thing to fail at”

A lifelong fan of the show, Moffat’s first solo Who work, a short story called “Continuity Errors,” was published in 1996. Three years later, he scripted the parody Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day charity telethon.

In 2004, he was tapped to write for the revival of the classic program, penning award-winning scripts “The Empty Child,” “The Doctor Dances,” “The Girl in the Fireplace,” and “Blink.” Doctor Who changed hands after its fourth season, when Moffat took over from Russell T Davies as head writer and executive producer.

“I’m astonished at how long I’ve been doing it,” he told World Screen, admitting that working on Who is the “longest I’ve ever done anything.”

“I sort of miss my own job of making up television shows and doing the new things, which is the real job of a writer,” Moffat continued. “You’re never more a writer than when you write something new; you try something different. I miss all that. I miss being, as it were, a proper writer. I’d like to go and find a new thing to fail at.”

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“There is no process of leaving”

In January 2016, Moffat announced his retirement from the long-running BBC series; last month, he confirmed plans to also give up his writing gig, allowing incoming chief Chris Chibnall to “put his own stamp on the show.”

But his tenure with the TARDIS is not over yet, and Moffat is “still absolutely in the storm of Doctor Who.”

In the throes of writing his last season finale and last Christmas special (in which Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi will regenerate into a new iteration of the Time Lord), Moffat described the process as “still full on.”

“There is no process of leaving,” he said. “One day you’re doing the job fully and completely, the next day you’re not. It will be as simple as that.”

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“It does feel like a brand new beginning”

The BBC on Monday released a 60-second trailer for series 10, which introduces new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie)—a chance for the show, and audiences, to start fresh.

“When a new person comes on board the TARDIS, a new person has to learn the rules of time travel and the TARDIS, has to worry about who the Doctor is and slowly decode what he’s up to and whether he’s a hero or a villain,” Moffat mused. “It does feel like a brand new beginning.”

As promised, the first episode of the new season is “specifically designed” to act as a refresher for fans and an introduction for newbies, like showrunner-in-waiting Chris Chibnall.

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“It is a monstrous workload”

The Broadchurch creator is set to take over season 11 (slated for 2018). But he doesn’t need instruction on how to run Doctor Who, according to Moffat, who offered suggestions on “how to have a life while you’re running Doctor Who.

“He’s a family man, like myself,” the current boss said. “You’ve got to make sure that you survive it. … It’s really about, you’ve got to see your kids now and then. You’ve got to go home now and then. You’ve got to keep living. It is a monstrous workload, Doctor Who, monstrous.”

Moffat knows a thing or two about monstrous projects, having created and helmed the BBC’s other behemoth, Sherlock, since 2010. But unlike Chibnall, who promised himself some TLC between work, Moffat is already eyeing the next enterprise.

“I’ve got some things I fancy doing,” he teased, hinting at productions that are “quite different” and less “showbizzy.”

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