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Advantage: Moffat!

Steven Moffat has come out all guns blazing- countering Internet rumours left, right and centre in this month’s Doctor Who Magazine.

Top of the Grand Moff’s agenda is the claim that the BBC’s commitment to all things Who is waning following the announcement that there will be two series in 2011 – Moffat has told fans that they worry too much about Who:

“I know this because I’ve been a fan since 1963.”

So here’s a rundown of each bee in Moffat’s bonnet (and wouldn’t he look lovely in a bonnet.)

Favourite rumour:

My favourite is that this is the BBC’s cunning plan to reduce the number of episodes. Right. Okay [. . .] It’s the BBC’s cunning plan to reduce the number of episode, by going to the extraordinary and fiendish lengths of . . . making exactly the same number of episodes “[. . .]Quite honestly, you could go over that one a million times and it still wouldn’t work.

Least favourite:

My least favourite rumour: this is the BBC’s cunning (but slightly generous) plan to give me enough time to work on Sherlock as well. Okay. [. . .] The BBC in their cunning and generosity have decided to reduce my workload by the devilishly clever stratagem of . . . making no difference to my workload whatsoever.”

In fact, it was Moffat himself who proposed the idea of two separate series- in order to accommodate a ‘huge cliffhanger’ that wouldn’t usually be consider for the finale.

And now our favourite rumour, from the Moff himself:

It’s an enormous, game-changing cliffhanger for the Doctor, Amy and Rory. It will change everything for them. You will see the Doctor’s life change forever, you will gasp in astonishment at the true nature of his relationship with Amy and you will cry out in horror as Rory Williams stumbles to the brink of a tragic mistake.

So there you have it, even Moffat rants. Doesn’t it feel good to rant? There’s a space below…

(via Digital Journal)


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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