If you’re like me, you’re probably gripped with excitement about the arrival of The Eleventh Hour, the new episode of Doctor Who this evening in which we’ll be introduced to the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith.
The actor – who we first saw as the Doctor for a brief moment on New Year’s Day – takes centre stage in Doctor Who this evening at the start of a new era, one overseen by a man described by Matt Smith as “peculiar”
He means, of course, Executive Producer and lead writer, Steven “The Grand Moff” Moffat…
“Steven’s a peculiar man! We have a strange relationship in the press where we lambast each other. His last one was that I’m in a constant state of wonder at my own limbs, so I’ve been calling him peculiar.”
“Russell made [Doctor Who] the most popular show in the country, but I think Steven will make it the most magical. Even though I must make it very clear that he’s peculiar.”
Well, it’s good to see they have a good working relationship! Of course, this level of press interaction with Doctor Who would have been unheard of 35 years ago. If you can imagine Philip Hinchcliffe describing Tom Baker as “old boggle eyes” or the Fourth Doctor actor referring to his boss as a “cadaver” then you’ll know just how unlikely it would be to see such statements in the press.
It’s not just Doctor Who that has changed between 1989 and 2005 – the world around us changed. I think it is testament to the programme and the people running it that it effortlessly fits into that world in a way that many other shows can’t and don’t.