Top 10 Things We Learnt From Steven Moffat On Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who

Top 10 Things We Learnt From Steven Moffat On Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who

The Future Of Who

♦ Audiences have now seen Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor and here’s 10 things we learnt about the new doctor and the new run courtesy of outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat from the second part of Radio Times‘ chat with him…

1. The show has been preparing for a female Doctor for quite some time: “I always used to ask at conventions and talks: “How many of you would like that?” Or not. And making it clear this is not about your politics or feminism. It’s just about would you like it. At the beginning very few people were that keen, but every time I asked, more people liked it. At a “wisdom of crowds” level, it was moving that way.”

2. Doctor Who did foreshadow this with The Master and Missy: “And everybody went with that. It seemed to me the last piece of the puzzle because no one has any problem at all that being the same character. Everybody accepted that Michelle Gomez was the new Master. We did the Time Lord general regenerating into a black woman and we’ve had several references to the Doctor not being entirely clear whether he’s always been a man and on occasion whether he’s a man at the moment.”

3. Moffat has met Whittaker: “Only recently. A few weeks ago I bumped into her at the theatre. I wondered if she was going to be a bit serious, because the Doctor has to be funny, but when you meet Jodie, she is a fireball of mischief and irreverence. I think she’ll be brilliant as the Doctor.”

4. The transition between Moffat and new showrunner Chris Chibnall has been fairly smooth:”We all left and they arrived, in brutal terms. For a while they were just down the corridor and I would go and see them sometimes and they were lovely. Last time in 2009 it really was the case of Russell [T Davies] and Julie [Gardner] going and me already being there with largely the same team.”

5. Now that Moffat has left Doctor Who, he doesn’t think he will return to the show even just to write anything for it in future:”I think I will draw a line under it. I mean I’ve written more than anybody else, not even by a small margin now. More than Russell, more than Terrance Dicks in terms of actual televised minutes. But what fogs it up is all the rewriting. Terrance might seem quite low on the list if you look at the ones he’s credited for, but he rewrote all the Jon Pertwee stories. I also did tons of rewriting, as did Russell.”

6. The showrunner does feel he has achieved a great deal while in charge of the show:”If someone demanded that I write a Doctor Who tomorrow I’m sure I could think of one. I have some form. But the fact is I’m not going to live for ever. I’m 55, for Christ’s sake. I’ve done enough Doctor Who. Also Chris has to have enough time away from his predecessors so I can’t turn up now and do one.”

7. Moffat feels very positive about the show’s future under Chibnall: “Absolutely 100% optimistic. I don’t think we’re anywhere close to halfway through the new series run. Or close to a third. People talk a lot of bollocks about ratings and stuff. They’re not adding on iPlayer. The only way you make Doctor Who a failure is if you accidentally forget to add iPlayer. It’s doing brilliant business internationally.”

8. Moffat sees the fact that Chibnall is a Who fan as a big help: “Chris is an extraordinary talent to get to be the third showrunner. On a show that’s been going for 12 years. Normally someone like Chris wouldn’t dream of being the third showrunner of an aged series. That wouldn’t happen on any show except Doctor Who.”

9. He thinks that his replacement will take chances with the show:”I shouldn’t speculate. But I think Chris is going to be bold. That’s his nature. And he knows Doctor Who very well and he’d think the time has arrived to be bold.”

10. Moffat actually feels a slight sense of relief now he has left the job: “This sounds horrible but at the moment it’s more of a relief because in particular my last year in the job was colossal. I did three Sherlocks and 14 Doctor Whos in about a year and if you just do the sums for that, that’s a grotesque amount of work. So I’m still marvelling at the idea of having weekends off, not getting up at four o’clock in the morning to start typing.”

To read the whole interview go here




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