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Digital Subscriptions > Doctor Who Magazine > 503 > THE DWM 2015 SEASON SURVEY


The votes have been counted up and verified - and now, at last, it’s time to reveal what you thought of the Twelfth Doctor’s second series...



STEVEN MOFFAT SAYS: “Oh, I don’t know what to say! I’m thrilled! I’m more than thrilled; I’m relieved. I’ve never sat down to watch an episode so wracked with worry as I did Heaven Sent. I imagined a whole audience glancing in bewilderment at each other, wondering if Doctor Who would be back on next week. So why try something so bonkers? One of my paranoias with Doctor Who – and my store of those is vast – is that with the show being very old, and me being slightly older, that there’s danger you might forget to make it new. And the only way to really make it new is take a risk so big everything you’ve learned to date is irrelevant; to put yourself in a place where none of your usual tricks have a hope in hell of working. All well and good, but you might fail like a public idiot. And for many, perhaps I did. So thank you. This means more than I have time and space to explain.

“May I also add, there has never been an episode of Doctor Who so beautifully directed as this one: melancholy, haunting, fluid and beautiful. And somehow, through it all, so ringingly clear. And what can I say about our leading man? We could argue for the rest of our lives about who’s the best Doctor – and let’s be honest, we will – but for me, the best single performance in the role is settled forever. You can only ask a solo of a virtuoso, so thank God and Scotland for Peter Capaldi.”

First place for Heaven Sent!

YOUR VERDICT: As ever, it was a hotly contested race for Favourite Story of 2015, with every tale being a favourite of someone’s, and a large number of readers taking the time to praise the season as a whole, which many felt was a marked improvement over the 2014 series. As the votes started flooding in, the season finale, Hell Bent, took an early lead, but eventually slipped to sixth place, with Heaven Sent ultimately taking the top position. Many readers expressed their admiration for this episode, particularly giving praise to Peter Capaldi.

‘If there was an award for finest single performance in Doctor Who history, it would have to go to Peter Capaldi for his work in Heaven Sent,’ wrote McLeod of Dagenham. ‘BAFTA should have been watching!’ David Adamson of Leicester agreed, writing, ‘Having watched Doctor Who since the early 70s, it’s thrilling to know that episodes with the originality of Heaven Sent can still thrill and surprise me. I gasped at the revelation that the Doctor had been enduring his ordeal for billions of years. It’s one hell of an episode, and one that rewards rewatching.’

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Contents include: an exclusive, in-depth interview with Fifth Doctor Peter Davision; Doctor Who's executive producer, Brian Minchin, talks about the next series; showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers' questions; new comic strip action for the Doctor and Jess in the final episode of The Pestilent Heart; the Time Team watch the 2010 Eleventh Doctor story The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood; The Fact of Fiction takes a close look at the 1977 Fourth Doctor adventure The Sun Makers; the mysteries of the TARDIS wardrobe are considered in Wotcha!; plus reviews, previews, prize-winning competitions and more!