‘Doctor Who’ Stars Explain Why Romance Isn’t ‘Necessary’ In The New Series

So, in case you aren’t aware of it by now, I’m a big (okay, huge) fan of “Doctor Who,” the BBC series that’s one of the longest-running science-fiction programs in television history. As I’ve been doing every Friday during the new season, I’m rolling out another segment today from my recent interview with the program’s stars, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

This time around, the new “Doctor Who” duo discusses the hot-button issue of romance between The Doctor and his companion. As I mention in the interview, “Doctor Who” lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat has indicated that such romance isn’t a recent development in the series, but for the series’ stars, it’s not a “necessary” development, either.

“I don’t think it’s completely necessary,” said Smith. “I don’t think it’s a prerequisite of the show.”

“If anything, it feels a little tired, that story,” the new Doctor added.

“I think so,” agreed Gillan.

While the pair’s characters have certainly had their moments (including Amy Pond watching The Doctor go through a few wardrobe changes in the season premiere before settling on his new look), there’s no telling where Moffat plans to take the time- and space-traveling duo as the season goes on. But if you ask them, it’s all about the adventures their characters have together, not the way they feel about each other.

“I don’t think that’s what it’s about,” said Smith. “It’s about adventure together.”

“It’s about mates — best friends,” said Gillan.

“…Traveling the universe!” added Smith.

And with a full season under their belts and critical praise for the two episodes (or four, if you’re in the U.K.) that have already aired, Smith and Gillan could be in store for many more adventures together. But the pair says they’re perfectly happy not having their characters become anything more than very, very good friends.

“I think it risks getting a little portentous sometimes when it becomes about romance,” said Smith. “If you’re 8 [years old], I don’t think you want to tune in and see that. You want to see them having mad adventures.”

“And I think that’s what the new series really touches on — it’s about mad adventure,” he said.

The next episode of “Doctor Who” airs on BBC America this Saturday at 9 PM EST. Keep an eye on Splash Page after the episode for a full “Doctor Who” review! Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!