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.