Peter Davison says Doctor Who will go on 'indefinitely'
Peter Davison believes 'Doctor Who' will last "indefinitely".
Showrunner Steven Moffat recently predicted the series - which currently stars Peter Capaldi in the titular role - will stay on air for at least another five years.
However, the 64-year-old actor - who was the Fifth Doctor for three years from 1981 to 1984 - is convinced the BBC sci-fi show can go on forever as long as the people making 'Doctor Who' treat it with the care and respect it deserves.
When asked what he believes the time span for 'Doctor Who' is, Davison told BANG Showbiz: "I think it will go on fairly indefinitely ... As long as there are people who are fans of the programme who keep on making the programme it will be fine. That's the reason it came back on air and has been on TV for 10 years. Russell T. Davis is a big 'Doctor Who' fan; Steven Moffat is a big 'Doctor Who' fan and I think those people understand the programme and understand that sometimes it has to re-invent itself and move on and do things differently and I think while those sort of people are at the helm then the show will continue."
But Davison does believe a break could refresh the series, but he wouldn't want it to be as long as the 16 years it was off air after being effectively cancelled in 1989.
He said: "Whether it goes on hiatus at some point remains to be seen. Although I was extremely disappointed when it was taken off air there's no doubt that when it came back that it came back as a hugely prestigious programme which is something it probably wouldn't have done if it had been on the air all that time."
Davison will soon be seen acting as the presenter of 'The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular', a live production which showcases the evocative and thrilling music written by composer Murray Gold for the BBC One sci-fi series since 2005.
'The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular' starts on Saturday May 23 at The SSE Arena in London.
Go to www.doctorwhosymphonicspectacular.com for tickets and information.