Doctor Who fans had it so good for a while with the parent show and spin-offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures all airing, as well as behind-the-scenes shows Doctor Who Confidential and even Totally Doctor Who (remember that one?).
But then they all stopped for various reasons, and fans were left hungry. For a while it looked like we were going to get a spin-off focusing on the Paternoster Gang, who consisted of Silurian Madame Vastra, her human girlfriend Jenny, and the Sontaran soldier turned nanny Strax.
But that never happened either, and we never really found out why.
Former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has finally given an explanation to Vortex magazine. He stated: “We always thought that we might try and spin them off into something on television but I kept not wanting to fray the output.
“It’s quite good if Doctor Who is off the air sometimes!”
We’re not sure how many fans would agree with that.
On a more practical level, Moffat said that he had both Doctor Who and Sherlock on the go, and we imagine it is more difficult running two shows in completely different universe than three all under the same umbrella.
Thankfully, the Paternoster Gang were given their own spin-off last year by audio drama master Big Finish (who also produce Vortex magazine), and they’ve been getting up to all sorts of antics ever since. Their latest came out this month, actually.