Monday, March 22, 2010

Steven Moffat on the new Doctor Who

In The Guardian, Gareth McLean talks to the new showrunner of Doctor Who, Guild member Steven Moffat.
Moffat says he doesn't have an agenda for how his Doctor Who will differ from [previous showrunner, Russell T] Davies's but "these things happen as a matter of instinct" and his instinct led him towards a more "storybook quality". "For me, Doctor Who literally is a fairy tale. It's not really science fiction. It's not set in space, it's set under your bed. It's at its best when it's related to you, no matter what planet it's set on.

"Every time it cleaves towards that, it's very strong. Although it is watched by far more adults than children, there's something fundamental in its DNA that makes it a children's programme and it makes children of everyone who watches it. If you're still a grown up by the end of that opening music, you've not been paying attention."
There's also plenty of politics in the interview - Moffat is a critic (to say the least) of the Conservative Party and the Murdoch media empire.

The new series of Doctor Who will start on BBC One on 3 April. Here's the trailer:


  1. Graeme Scarfe11:53 am

    It's reassuring that Who has a master storyteller at the helm. I'm hoping for more depth and less shallow spectacle in this new incarnation of this legendary series.

  2. Barry McCann10:31 am

    And hopefully the TARDIS will be steering well clear of Rose Tyler.


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