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Doctor Who in good hands with Moffat

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 15th 2010 12:41PM
The Girl in the Fireplace written by Steven Moffat, from Doctor Who, Season TwoFor those of you who might be worried about Steven Moffat taking over as lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who, take comfort in the man's lifelong dedication to the show. In this video, fans get to see a bit more of departing Doctor David Tennant walking around the studios where Doctor Who has been filmed over the years and talking about the show.

Moffat, who takes over for previous lead writer and producer Russell T. Davies, remembers his father calling him excitedly to the television, saying Doctor Who was on. It wasn't the show's regular night, but Moffat rushed to the television anyway, only to find it was the kids show Blue Peter, which often promoted and previewed episodes of Doctor Who, and burst into tears.

Moffat's impressive resume includes the BBC shows Coupling and Jekyll, and he has written some of the better episodes of Doctor Who since he signed on in 2004, including "The Girl in the Fireplace" and "Blink." The tone of the show is certain to change at least slightly with the shift from Davies to Moffat, although Davies has said Moffat was the only writer whose scripts he never rewrote.

In this interview, Moffat talks about how the show demands a big story every week, something fitting a feature movie, but Moffat has shown an ability to focus on his characters and their relationships amid whatever universe-expanding spectacle might be taking place (I'm thinking here mostly of "The Girl in the Fireplace"). And he'll have an entirely new Doctor to mold as his own.

I, and I'm sure a legion of Doctor Who fans, will be eagerly awaiting the new season set to start this spring. For those who want to review the last year before the change, Doctor Who: The Complete Specials is out on DVD February 2.

A quick note, the video title here has the wrong spelling of Moffat's name. It is Steven Moffat, rather than Stephen Moffat.

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Have to admit, if it wasn't for the fact that this guy was taking over, I would have bailed on this show, given the quality of the last season

January 15 2010 at 9:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Dr. Who episide "Blink" was one of the most compelling hours of TV I have ever seen. I think this season is going to be amazing.

January 15 2010 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I trust Moffat, I just wish I trusted Franken-Doctor Matt Smith as much ;-)

I still wish James Nesbitt had been the new Dr. Especially consider his past success with Moffat material...

January 15 2010 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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