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Published on December 24th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

Scriptwriter’s Yuletide Favourite Hits

Tall bloke and Doctor Who scriptwriter extraordinaire Paul Cornell usefully asked fellow Doctor Who writers their favourite Christmas tunes this year for his superb blog – and it has proved an interesting insight into the fevered minds of those who seek to thrill us…

Contributions to this thrilling idea come from script editor Gary Russell, James Moran (The Fires of Pompeii), Mark Gatiss (The Unquiet Dead, The Idiot’s Lantern), Matthew Graham (Fear Her, Life on Mars), Tom MacRae (Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel), Gareth Roberts (The Shakespeare Code, The Unicorn and the Wasp) – and a certain S Moffatt.

‘Oh, Slade’s one, that’s brilliant – see, I love a traditional Christmas Carol, me. ‘Cos that’s what Christmas sounds like – all noise and happy and daft. Also a sucker for any songs that mention Santa. I love Santa, and I think his hardline naughty/nice stance still speaks to the modern world. But I don’t like the ones that mention God, ‘cos everyone knows it’s just your Mum and Dad,’

Reasonable?  True?  A rare insight into the mind of a scriptwriting genius whose work has entertained millions over the years?  A shadow of the highly moral patchwork quilt that the Doctor is set to follow?

Or does The Grand Moff really like Slade?  We must be told.

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About the Author

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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