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Published on May 19th, 2010 | by Chris Davids

Moffat on Post-Humans

The Grand Moff is in da house at io9.com, where the Doctor Who Executive Producer discusses his stewardship of the Whoniverse.

Steven Moffat, The Grand Moff of Doctor WhoThere is absolutely loads to get through – its a great interview, quite exhaustive in some ways, but one thing thta is particularly interesting is Moffat’s feelings about the “post human” character development of Rose in Series 1/Season 27 in 2005 and Donna in Series 4/Season 30 in 2008.

You will recall that in Bad Wolf, Rose Tyler became controlled by the Heart of the TARDIS and used the power of the Time Vortex to dispel the threat of the Daleks; in Journey’s End, Donna became exposed to a TimeLord/Human meta-crisis and dispelled the threat of the Daleks.

It seems that Steven Moffat sees a problem with “powering up” the companion – the person with whom the audience usually identifies with. 

I think it’s a danger. Because I think you’d lose the person to whom the story is happening if you did that. You want them, in a way, in a very basic way, to be your representative in the TARDIS, experiencing the story as you would experience it. The Doctor is extraordinary enough. Do we need other extraordinary people? I think anyone who agrees to go aboard the TARDIS is clearly a bit of a loony, but aside from that, you want it to be ordinary, recognizable people.

Of course, at this point we don’t know who the current series is going to end… In the meantime, don’t miss this very interesting interview!

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2 Responses to Moffat on Post-Humans

  1. castellanspandrell says:

    Good for him.

    I despaired at Rose Tyler’s elevation to huge gun-wielding, toothier version of the White Guardian, and will forever hate Journey’s End for that meta-Time Lord-crisis thingy.

    The central message in both those cases of ‘aren’t ordinary people the most extraordinary of all?’ conveyed a rather patronising idea of what ordinary people are (in tandem with all that ‘only a temp from Chiswick’ patter), and it’s a big lie anyway, as, if it’s okay for them to be ordinary, why make them into omniscient superbeings? Oh, that’s right – because it was convenient to do so for the purposes of lazy plotting.

    One thing I’ve noticed; RTD has been absent from the news for a while. That’s not a criticism – good for him for letting Moffat get on with it without sticking his oar in, which to his credit he’s averse to doing – but I’d love to know what he thinks of the new series!

  2. Rick714 says:

    Yes, kudos to RTD for staying away for now and giving Moffat his breathing room. I think even if he hates the new series, he’ll certainly lie through his teeth to support it but I can’t help but think that he’d still feel proprietorial toward the show as it was “his” for 5 years and to see your “child” passed off is always a bit hard but he’s a pro and I’m sure he’s enjoying the series as a fan now which must be a huge bit of fun for him now after all this time.

    Their styles are so different, though. RTD always tended to go “spectacular”, always going out with a BANG where as Moffat focuses on character and emotion above all else. I’m happy to see fewer godlike characters popping up and all that.

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