Doctor Who isn't going anywhere, at least according to creator and showrunner Steven Moffat. Apparently, the show has never been more popular and the BBC want it to run for at least another five years.
No one could have predicted the success of the show when it came back to TV after a long hiatus in 2005. With Christopher Eccleston in the lead role for the first season, the thing started to gain serious momentum and now - almost exactly a decade since its debut - it's stronger than ever. The audiences have grown through the wonderful years of David Tennant and Matt Smith and gained new followers as the story has transitioned with Peter Capaldi. It's a great sci-fi phenomenom, and its not going anywhere.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Moffat had nothing but positive things to say about the future of the series. The BBC has apparently been courting him to renew the show for another half decade: "It’s going to do a minimum of 15. I mean, it could do 26!" This despite the fact that we've pretty much already reached the supposed maximum number of regenerations for the character. He does go on to admit that it's a big challenge to come up with new stories all the time but the nature of the show does allow for major refreshes, not least a whole new main actor of often as interest (or contracts) allow.
And the ratings don't show any sign of dipping: "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!"
First started in 1963, this show could literally go forever! Doctor Who Series 9 kicks off in later 2015.