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Published on June 22nd, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett

Fairytales = Danger

SFX online has reported on some of the comments made at the BAFTA screening of The Pandorica Opens; they feature highlights of the Q & A session that took place after the episode was viewed.

Doctor Who writer Steven MoffatEleventh Doctor Matt Smith and Executive Producer Stephen Moffat answered some questions posed by the audience on how the series has been received and plans for the future. When asked about the fairytale nature of the new series, Moffat commented:

“Fairy tales are the way we warn our children of the dangers of the world, and that’s what Doctor Who is. Doctor Who more commonly than it goes into outer space takes outer space and makes it under your bed or in the back of your cupboard.”

And Matt remarked on what he was expecting before he started filming the role:

“I guess you just hope to come out alive, really. It’s impossible to calculate before it happens, but what we have received has been overwhelming and very positive, pretty humbling and very exciting.”

Stephen replied when asked if there were any ideas that he’d had brewing for a while that he had been able to transport to television screens across the nation, that:

“I think there are 13 episodes of that! Mainly, because I’ve spent a great deal of my life since I was about seven thinking of really cool things that could happen in Doctor Who, I just carry on doing that, and think, oh yeah, I can actually do that…

“Then we have the budget meeting! It’s yes and no. There’s one very specific thing I’d like to see happen to Doctor Who, and I’m not going to tell you what it is!”

Doctor Who star Matt SmithMeanwhile Matt spoke enthusiastically of comparisons between his Doctor’s similarities to Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor:

“It was completely unconscious. I don’t think you can imitate anything as an actor. Some actors can but I certainly can’t. I enjoy Patrick’s performance because I think he manages to be peculiar without ever trying to be peculiar, but there is never and there never will be any conscious borrowing of any previous Doctors, because it’s mine to invent now, and I like that.

“But I’m flattered by the comparison because I like Patrick Troughton. I think he’s extraordinary.”

The article also reveals Stephen Moffat’s thoughts on the comments recently made about Doctor Who by Stephen Fry and Matt Smith’s enigmatic thoughts on his evolving costume and what changes we may expect in next year’s series.

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