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Published on July 30th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Moffat Writing 5 Episodes in 2011

Steven Moffat spoke with Den of Geek this week, regarding the success of the first episode of Sherlock and of course, Doctor Who.

Doctor Who chief Steven MoffatThe suggestion has been that if more Sherlock is required, they won’t be ready until 2011 – Den of Geek have sensibly asked The Grand Moff how this fits into his Doctor Who workload, and how many episodes of our favourite show he’ll be writing for the 32nd season.

“I’m doing the Christmas special plus five, so it’s the same. Six again.

“Yeah. I’m basically following what Russell did. Having worked out the sums and worked out how he does it, I thought that’s a perfect way of doing it.

“But there is a no way of balancing this. The last year has been extraordinary. I’ve had about four days off, and that includes Christmas day. I work every weekend, I get up early in the morning, I go to bed late at night. There is no way of balancing it.

“It’s extraordinary, but it’s great fun too! Great fun, so long as it doesn’t kill me.”

You know what – it is extraordinary. I think it is very easy to forget what Moffat has achived. In his first year as Doctor Who chief writer and Executive Producer has brought renewed the show, brougt in a new star and companions, a whole new atmosphere, AND brought a second show to life.

Russell T Davies might have done something similar with Torchwood, but his first series of Doctor Who was in March 2005; Torchwood began in late 2006, nearly 18 months later…


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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+.

One Response to Moffat Writing 5 Episodes in 2011

  1. avatar Rick714 says:

    I really hope he can handle this for another four years! Or at the very least, delegate some of the load off onto others regarding Sherlock Holmes. I’m not quite sure what would possess him to tackle BOTH of these at the same time–although he may have been planning SH for a while now as well and the timing hit at the same time—but since DW is his first love, I hope if something gives, it’ll be Holmes and not Who!

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