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Published on April 2nd, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

All Floof-ed Up!

What can we say. We’re suckers for a good conspiracy/rumour/fevered rant. With the embers still burning on the possible (but unlikely) return of the Eighth Doctor we’ve dug out another gem from the corners of fandom to tease and infuriate in equal measure.

Steven Moffat knows a good idea or two; in fact he’s used a few of them more than once.

The idea for Blink first appeared in the then recent Doctor Who Annual as What I Did On My Christmas Holidays By Sally Sparrow only with more pants wetting chills, Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead owe much to his Continuity Errors short story from Decalog 3: Consequences and The Eleventh Hour borrowed from a previously explored idea in another Annual short story Corner of the Eye – only instead of a race called the Floofs, it’s Prisoner Zero who hides away from Amy.

There’s nothing wrong with re-using an idea and it seems Moffat maybe returning to the original race that hid in the corner of the eye.

The BBC America trailer unsurprisingly features a ton of footage from the America based The Impossible Astronaut alongside several flashes of what appear to be grey aliens and this piece of dialogue:

“How long have they been here?

As long as there’s been something in the corner of your eye, creaking in your house or voices through a wall.”

Could these Greys be Floofs…?

(via Bleeding Cool)

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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.




One Response to All Floof-ed Up!

  1. avatar 23skidoo says:

    I’ve heard some people grumbling about Moffat’s “lack of creativity” with regards to his using past short stories as source material. But much as I love and appreciate the “expanded universe” that includes the annuals and dozens of Short Trips books, let’s face the honest fact that only a very small number of fans actually ever read these stories. If Moffat felt an idea he had was too good to forever be restricted to a short story read by a few hundred people, more power to him if he decided to make a TV episode reaching millions using it.

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