Clumsy Who

Recall the moment in The Time of Angels in which the Doctor (Matt Smith) breaks a hanging strap in the cleric’s drop ship? Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat revealed this week that this was in fact an unscripted moment…

Describing it as a “Stan Laurel moment” showrunner and episode writer Steven Moffat said:

“The very first time Matt did it, it was an accident – he wasn’t supposed to do that, it’s just typical Matt, breaking everything – but the director liked it, so he kept it in. The version we see on screen isn’t the real accident, it’s him doing it on purpose, but I do think it is very funny.”

It certainly is a great moment – inadvertently injecting a moment of humour into what is about to become a very tense adventure. While Steven Moffat scripts rarely require additional humour, the cast and director (Adam Smith, who did a superb job all round) presumably did a great job in recreating the original “accident” moment.

Christian Cawley


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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