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Published on July 28th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

Comic-Con Reflection

"Close season" they said. "No new Who news until at least September" said Terranova. Yeh right… There’s this Comic-Con event for starters, which some guys from TVSquad went to. Do we get to go to stuff like this too? Not without paying, so Mr Cawley tells me. Still, you all wanna know what Steven Moffat revealed there don’t you?

Yes, the incoming Doctor Who lead writer and executive producer was there with his outgoing (in both senses) colleague Julie Gardner (she’s the lady with the hair and the glasses), answering questions about his previous episodes, the show in general and of course his ever-approaching era. As well as an extended preview of the Russell T Davies-scripted Christmas episode, visitors to the "booth" (in reality a ballroom) also got:

    • Series 5′s premiere was being written on the plane over by Steven Moffat.

    • Steven Moffat is hilarious. When asked about writing for the show: "I decided to give up a life of friends to write for it" and "a life of virginity has kept me pure."

    • Gardner asked Moffat about the first time writing "INTERIOR: Tardis" in a script. Moffat said it was like giving him "an enormous toy to play with."

    • An attendee mentioned attending a reading by Niel Gaiman where she asked him if he’d write an episode of Doctor Who with Moffat, to which he said "would be nice." Moffat replied with the same "that would be nice." So who knows? Hell I’d start watching this show if that happened!

    • When asked about whether he had a hard time getting into the country for Comic-Con, Moffat joked, "Yes! I don’t know if you know this about your country, but you hate us!"

Plenty to digest there; Steven Moffat knows that with even the slightest of hints, a revelation now will seem like old news come series 5/season 31 – he made the right choice keeping schtumm.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.



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