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More good news for fans of 'Doctor Who' – showrunner Steven Moffat has promised more online episodes are in the pipeline.

Moffat told SFX that following the success of the iPlayer special entitled 'The Night of the Doctor', he would like to make similar episodes for the upcoming series.

And he promises they won't play second fiddle to the episodes broadcast on terrestrial TV.

"I think we now have to accept that online stuff isn't a spin-off anymore," he said. "We used to treat it as a spin-off that maybe some people would watch.

"And to be absolutely honest I thought they were bank raids - they'd give me some money to do an online thing and I'd say, 'Right, what crew do we already have, what actors do we already have, what set do we already have?' So we'd spend no money on it at all, whack it out in a day, pump the money into the episode and off you go."

Moffat said that because of the viewing figures, he would treat future online episodes just as seriously as the broadcast ones.

"But then you suddenly realise something like 'Pond Life', which we took much more seriously, had an audience of over six million," he said. "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 six-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."

More online episodes are on the way, Moffat promised. He added that the length of each would be dictated by the story.

"We'll certainly do 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 ten minutes? Or an episode that's half an hour? It depends what it suits."

The new series of 'Doctor Who' starts on August 23 on BBC 1.

Source: SFX

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