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Steven Moffat takes over Doctor Who

May 20th, 2008 (04:42 pm)

The news as reported by Media Guardian.

The MediaGuardian website has announced that Steven Moffat is to succeed Russell T Davies as the chief writer and executive producer of Doctor Who.

The article states that Moffat will replace Davies in 2009, taking over as "showrunner" for the fifth series in 2010. Moffat has been responsible for several episodes of the revived Doctor Who to date, including the BAFTA Award-winning "Blink" and the fortmcoming two-parter "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead".

Davies is quoted as saying: "It's been a delight and an honour working with Steven, and I can't wait to see where his extraordinary imagination takes the Doctor. Best of all, I get to be a viewer again, watching on a Saturday night!"

UPDATE: The BBC Press Office has now issued an official press release confirming the story. This includes a comment from Moffat himself:

"My entire career has been a Secret Plan to get this job. I applied before but I got knocked back 'cos the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven. Anyway, I'm glad the BBC has finally seen the light, and it's a huge honour to be following Russell into the best - and the toughest - job in television. I say toughest 'cos Russell's at my window right now, pointing and laughing."


Only Doctor Who Magazine, of genre tie-in magazines, would devote a mid-series cover to the writer who will be taking over the series with effect from the one being broadcast in two years' time...

Comments

Posted by: Naraht (emily_shore)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
dw-Where's Jack?

Oh man, that's fantastic news! I remember saying that I thought he ought to run the show, but I had no idea that there was actually a chance...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)

The wind was bending straws in his direction, but like so many things such decisions are only firm until they are announced. I'm really pleased that he's taking it on, and that the BBC are confident enough to look beyond Russell T Davies.

Posted by: dr_biscuit (brightlywoven)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
biscuit

Steven Moffat was already writing Doctor Who years ago - it's just it was broadcast as 'Coupling Series 4'!

Posted by: buckbeakbabie (buckbeakbabie)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
moff love

Oh how true. It even had Nick Briggs as the Dalek voice! :D

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)

Posted by: dr_biscuit (brightlywoven)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)

Posted by: brewsternorth (brewsternorth)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)

Posted by: muuranker (muuranker)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)

Posted by: dr_biscuit (brightlywoven)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)

Posted by: muuranker (muuranker)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)

Posted by: tovaglia (tovaglia)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)

YAY!!!
I didn't know he wrote Blink - it is one of my favourite episodes!

Posted by: brewsternorth (brewsternorth)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)

It's one of everyone's favourite episodes - he's won quite a bit of crockery for it.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)

Posted by: buckbeakbabie (buckbeakbabie)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
moff love

Oh, yay! I'm so happy! I love Moffat's stories. :D

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)

I think that his appointment will please those looking for more rigorous logic in Doctor Who scripting - I know he's very keen to focus on an audience substantially made up of children and their mums, just like RTD, but his interpretation of what that means will be different. I look forward to seeing how the Moffat philosophy of Who plays out when he is guiding other writers.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Doctor Who

While trying not to get my hopes up too much (over-inflated hopes can only lead to disappointment in a flawed world), I am pleased about this.

I think you are right about Moffat agreeing with Davies' aims, but not his means. While I suspect the Doctor will remain as sexualised as he currently is, I think Moffat has more respect for the general audience's intelligence than Davis has and more concern for internal logical consistency, which will hopefully lead to more complex plotting (in terms of storylines, not BBC internal politics...).

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
Boyandbear

I think that Davies has respect for the general audience's intelligence; I think that his view of human nature is different from yours or mine. He's a great admirer of reality TV, I think because he thinks it recognises a truth in the modern world that everyone is a performer. Moffat talks similar talk but I think his scripts reveal a greater sympathy for openness and plain speaking than do Russell's.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)

Posted by: viala_qilarre (viala_qilarre)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)

Goodness me. I've come late to this, having not been at my computer since this morning. Well well. I always thought that 'Steven Moffat will take over' was just a wishful-thinking fandom myth that had built up over the years.

Sadly, we have about two years before the wonderful Mr Moffat becomes hated by large sections of fandom, too.

Posted by: viala_qilarre (viala_qilarre)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)

Oh, and I have to add, excellent - because he's a fantastic writer, a charming wit in interviews, and his philosophy of Doctor Who seems to accord exactly with my own wishes for the show. But then I don't think RTD has done much wrong either.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)

Posted by: the cross compiler (crouchinglynx)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
brian

I'd be interested to see whether RTD will be contributing to the 2010 series at all, and if so, how these episodes compare to Moffatt's from the last three seasons. RTD's own episodes have often been the weaker ones, and it's possible that this is due to his taking complete creative control - and if Moffatt's own episodes also lack a "second opinion" in this manner, they could suffer as a result.

Also, will this mean an increase in the density of abstract fears and staple childhood terrors? Anxious mothers need to know.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)

RTD said somewhere recently that he would 'walk away' when he left, and not write any more episodes.

Steven Moffat has continued to interact with fandom over the last few years, whereas RTD has always kept his distance; will Moffat now retreat as well, I wonder?

Posted by: gervase_fen (gervase_fen)
Posted at: May 21st, 2008 11:57 am (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 21st, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)

Posted by: viala_qilarre (viala_qilarre)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)

Moffat posts now and again on what-was-OG. I bet he won't do THAT any more when he's showrunner.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)

I fantasised that an announcement of this nature might be on the way when Moffat failed to rise to any of the Moffat-baiting threads the recent rumours of his elevation had prompted...

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Doctor Who

Only Doctor Who Magazine, of genre tie-in magazines, would devote a mid-series cover to the writer who will be taking over the series with effect from the one being broadcast in two years' time...

That's hilarious, although it's a shame they didn't go for the format they use to usher in new Doctors. I can just see "Steven Moffat IS the showrunner!" in W. H. Smiths. It makes up for them publishing a letter containing the words "made of complete win" in the last issue.

As an aside, it does rather prove the point I made back in 2005 about this being 'the Davies era' rather than 'the Eccleston (and later Tennant) era'.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)

I think that "made of complete win" is another modernism that we just have to let slip by us.

I'm definitely a production-era person; we now have a long period opening up in which Steven Moffat is the Dauphin to Russell's King.

Posted by: brewsternorth (brewsternorth)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)

(Parenthetically, it's a pity that the DWM cover doesn't seem to be Moffat at his even remotely photogenic. Oh well.)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)

I think that it must be the best picture they had which could fit into the 'alleyway' background used for many of the new series publicity shots - unless it turns out not to be the real cover at all, and they have gone for Billie Piper...

Posted by: gervase_fen (gervase_fen)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)

Posted by: viala_qilarre (viala_qilarre)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)

That cover is a scream. It's hardly a reader magnet, is it? Would the average casual Doctor Who watcher in Tescos have any idea who Steven Moffat is?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 20th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)

I notice that the issue is going to come with a double-sided free poster, and so will presumably be bagged, so there may be two covers - one printed on the front of the bag and then the front of the magazine proper.

It's still remarkable that this is a series where the writers have sufficient celebrity to lead the tie-in material; but also a sign of DWM's confidence that they don't need to have David Tennant or Catherine Tate or Billie Piper or Freema Agyeman or a Dalek on the cover to sell, at least during the broadcast of a series.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: May 21st, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 21st, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)