At least, according to current showrunner Steven Moffat. Here’s what he had to say on the matter, courtesy of The Guardian:
Mr Moffat told Doctor Who Magazine that he expects the show to “do a minimum of 15” years in total, but it could go on for even longer.
“I thought it would last 10 years … It’s going to do a minimum of 15. I mean, it could do 26!”
Moffat said that finding new Doctors for the show – currently starring Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord – had been difficult.
He said: “It’s not easy to find new people. It’s not easy to find new Doctors … There’s nothing easy about doing Doctor Who.”
He called the ratings “extraordinary”, saying that “10 years on, our ratings are pretty much the same. Actually, internationally, bigger. No show does that! You’re meant to go down!”
While the prospect of more Doctor Who is always a good thing, I still can’t help but hope that Moffat brings some fresh writing blood in for the new season. Season 8 started strong and then sort of went all over the place, fizzling out with a less-than-compelling finale. Maybe it’s time for a new showrunner?
Doctor Who is expected to return to BBC America some time this fall.