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Published on July 14th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

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Moff Hits Back

Doctor Who head honcho boss man “The Grand Moff” Steven Moffat has hit back at attempts to generate a pubic feud between himself and comedian and writer Stephen Fry, who recently commented that the popular family drama is “not for adults“.

Clearly the two men have a difference of opinion on the matter of whether Doctor Who is for grown ups or not; more than likely, Fry was misquoted/placed out of context, with his words possibly referring to the plaudits received by BBC One’s Saturday night family shows acting as a barrier to more progressive, grown-up drama being produced.

Doctor Who writer Steven MoffatIf so, Fry has got a point. As for Steven Moffat:

“The attempt to create an argument between myself and Stephen Fry is laughable.”

He’s right. The Doctor Who Executive Producer is also naturally aware of the magnitude of the task of looking after the series, likening the Doctor to some of Britain’s greatest heroes.

“It may be that it might have to rest one day but I think it will outlive most of the people living in Britain at the moment.”

King Arthur, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, the Doctor. It’s quite a list of legendary figures, don’t you think?

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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+.




6 Responses to Moff Hits Back

  1. avatar Paul says:

    I think Christian Cawley is right, in that Doctor Who is up there with Robin Hood and Sherlock Holmes, however, I really wish people would stop getting his name wrong.

    He is called Doctor Who, not just “the Doctor”. If his last name wasn’t “Who” why did Wotan in “The War Machines” say “Doctor Who is required”?

    Why did the Doctor sign himself “Doktor von Wer” (a German translation of “Doctor Who,”)in “The Highlanders?

    Why was Jon Pertwee’s second story called “Doctor Who and the Silurians”?

    Why was episode five of “The Chase” called “The Death of Doctor Who”?

    Why did the third Doctor Who ride around with “Who 1″ on the number plate of his car, and why did the seventh Doctor have “Who 7″ written on his?

    Why did the series, right up until “Castrovalva,” credit the title character as “Doctor Who,” if that wasn’t his name?

    Why do all the scripts up until “Castrovalva” also do the same?

    Why are so many of the Target books titled, “Doctor Who and the…” if he is really only called “The Doctor”?

    And why is it that William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker referred to themselves as playing the part of “Doctor Who” in all the interviews they gave, if that wasn’t he character they were contracted to play?

    Finally, why is the show called “Doctor Who” if no such character appears in the progamme? And before some spod says, “the title is asking Who the Doctor is?” I’d like to point out that there is no question mark present, and we know who he is anyway, so the question, if it existed at all, is totally redundant.

  2. avatar Carn says:

    are you kidding or being serious?

  3. avatar Lazarus77 says:

    I am going to attempt to reply to Paul.

    You’re right. All the way up until Castrovalva the lead is known as Doctor Who. So, yes. You’re right.

    BUT.

    You’re also wrong. The lead is now The Doctor. AND seeing as that change happened IN continuity (aka on the Beeb and not some fan fiction) then now the lead is The Doctor and NOT Doctor Who.

    Regarding that Who 7 stuff, you can see John Nathan Turner for that… as well as the question marks.

    BUT (and this is most important).

    It doesn’t really matter, does it? I mean, does it impact on your enjoyment of the show that the end credits list the lead as The Doctor rather than Doctor Who?

    (I hope you know I’m just taking the piss, Paul. That you even know that impresses me.)

  4. avatar Paul says:

    From “Castrovalva” through to “The American TV Movie” the lead character was credited as “The Doctor.” However, from the pilot episode right up until “Logopolis” the character was known as “Doctor Who”. That’s 18 seasons, verses 8 in the classic series, and one TV movie. There is also no point during the JNT era where the Doctor explicitly states, “My name is not bloody Doctor Who!”

    As for the RTD/Moffat series, during the 2005 series, Eccleston was continually credited as “Doctor Who” and it was only with “The Christmas Invasion” that he started being credited as “The Doctor” again.

    My argument is that for the majority of the shows run, the lead character has been called “Doctor Who” and even when he’s called “The Doctor” that doesn’t mean that his last name isn’t “Who” and putting question marks over everything doesn’t change that fact.

    Finally, it appears that the crack in time has deleted 80s Doctor Who from continuity, which means that there are now only four seasons which officially credit Doctor Who as the Doctor.

    As for whether it really matters, or not? Well, that depends on the individual, but wars have been started over less.

  5. avatar Carn says:

    When has he ever stated his name is ‘Doctor Who’?

  6. avatar Paul says:

    “The Cave of Skulls”.

    IAN: Just open the doors, Doctor Foreman.

    DOCTOR: Eh? Doctor Who.

    “A Holiday for the Doctor”

    DOCTOR: Allow me sir to introduce er, Miss Dodo Dupont wizard of the ivory keys, and Steven Regret, tenor. And lastly sir, your humble servant Doctor… Calligari.

    MASTERSON: Doctor who?

    DOCTOR: Yes er, quite right.

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