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Published on August 9th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Steven Moffat – Game Geek?

Does Steven Moffat spend all day playing video games, stopping briefly to issue dicatation via a speech to text app on a nearby laptop? How else do you explain the following?

Doctor Who boss Steven MoffatAs noticed by www.gamepeople.co.uk – the Sherlock episode “A Study in Pink” features references to the PlayStation 3 game Heavy Rain. It’s more than just a plot element too – the artistic direction (including the short focal length of the cityscapes) and the origami killer in the second episode not to mention the frequent use of publishing of emotions and thoughts to the screen via text in the middle of action are ideas seen already in Heavy Rain.

Sherlock puts Heavy Rain PS3 to excellent use in the show that stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson.

As if to disclose the source of their inspiration for those in the know, as the show first uses Heavy Rain’s words-on-the-screen technique Sherlock says “It’s obvious isn’t it? She’s been in Heavy Rain in the last few hours… where has there been Heavy Rain and strong wind in that time?”

So – is this why we waited so long for a Doctor Who game – so Steven Moffat could spend a few hours playing it?

Doctor Who: The Adventure Games episodes 1 and 2 (City of the Daleks and Blood of the Cybermen) are available free from the BBC for UK viewers; overseas fans should check our news update Geronimerica!

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About the Author

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+.




7 Responses to Steven Moffat – Game Geek?

  1. Paul Cavanagh says:

    Didn’t spot any of that, but that’s because I haven’t traded in my Xbox 360 for a PS3 yet. Heavy Rain is definitely on my wish list, it looks amazing.

    My main observation of Sherlock is the similarities to Withnail & I. The chemistry between dour, extravagant, verbose and brilliant Sherlock, and the straightforward, no-nonsense, everyman Watson – all of this is presented in a very similar style to the realtionship between Withnail and Marwood. The Baker Street flat isn’t a million miles away from the Camden bedsit in Withnail & I too. Oh, and Cumberbatch looks quite a bit like Richard E Grant too, especially wearing that long coat.

  2. Carn says:

    I almost bought Heavy Rain today. I’ve been pondering about it for last few months but I haven’t really been abnle to afford ‘new game prices’ lately. I might leave it for when the Move controller next month comes out as it’s supposed to be quite good and arguably better controlled with that.

  3. Carn says:

    by the way the link to that game site is a little messed up.


  4. Cheers Carn – should work now. Seems to be a copy/paste bug in wordpress :/

  5. Jez Noir says:

    Quick, someone slip him a copy of Fallout 3, I wouldn’t mind one bit if he ripped off that game’s plot and setting for next season’s Who finale.

  6. Carn says:

    please no, not fallout 3. my least favorite game of the current generation. 20 hours I put into that game and got not even 1 second of enjoyment.

  7. Paul Cavanagh says:

    Fallout 3 rocks! I’d be quite happy to see a post apocolyptic world on Doctor Who. I guess Utopia was a bit like that.

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