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Moff: I Missed Out

Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat has revealed how his love of Doctor Who lead to him working in TV – and how the series was axed as he got his first job!

Like many young fans, Moffat, was entranced by the visual effects on 1970s Doctor Who, the like of which had never been seen anywhere before.

“I suppose I could say the reason I started working in TV is because I was such a huge fan of Doctor Who,” explains Steven.

“I was absolutely fascinated and thrilled by the show. I wanted to know how the TARDIS disappeared, how all the special effects worked and why the Doctor changed. As a viewer you want to know why he looks different; it’s a show that compels you to look behind the scenes. In fact, over the years, I think I’ve bought every single issue of Doctor Who Magazine since it launched.”

In the late 1980s, as the writer of Children’s ITV series Press Gang (one of the most brilliant TV shows ever which was regularly genuine, funny and starred a young Julia Sawalha and Dexter Fletcher) the man we would later designate “The Grand Moff” might have thought he could be in with a chance of writing for his favourite show…

“I tumbled through the door of children’s TV, became quite a cool children’s TV writer for about 48 seconds in 1989 and they basically axed Doctor Who that day!” says Steven with a chuckle. “After 26 years, just when I thought I’d finally get to write for the show, I missed out by an afternoon.”

How different the history of Doctor Who might have been…

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