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Published on March 31st, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Moffat: Comedy is Horror

The SFX online interview with Steven Moffat continues today, with more contradiction of statements by a certain previous Doctor Who showrunner and thoughts on the new Doctor and companion combination of Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

Doctor Who and the (model) DaleksMoffat also gives his opinion on writing comedy and horror, and the similarities between the two, citing this as a reason why the presence of 4 comedy writers on the new series isn’t especially relevant.

“Comedy is a fantastic discipline – good comedy writers are just good writers full stop, because comedy, believe me, is just harder. Every line has a point, every scene has a point. In the case of comedy it’s just to be funny. Funny writers are good at writing scary, because they know how to deliver a punchline.

“So no, there’s no particular ambition towards comedy writers, but look at those comedy writers – those are just great writers full stop.”

With a list made up of:

Steven Moffat
Mark Gatiss
Toby Whithouse
Simon Nye
Chris Chibnall
Richard Curtis
Gareth Roberts

…it might be argued that they’re all comedy writers – Whithouse’s Being Human is known for its humour and he’s a rising star on the comedy circuit, while Chris Chibnall wrote Torchwood‘s Cyberwoman

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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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