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Steven Moffat, writer of Doctor Who and Sherlock

Moffat’s Unlikely Inspiration

Steven Moffat, writer of Doctor Who and Sherlock

When called upon to summon up the Christmas spirit right in the middle of BBQ season Steven Moffat struggled – its only when inspiration from an unlikely source hit him did he manage to block out the August sun and reconnect his Christmas mojo.

Moffat told the Radio Times that it wasn’t until a he paid an unseasonal visit to Baker Street did he manage to get The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe going:

“Help came from the most unexpected source and possibly the least Christmassy man in all fiction. It started to snow in Baker Street.

“Not real snow (and not even real Baker Street, if I’m honest), but really good pretend snow, for the Christmas Scene in A Scandal In Belgravia. And as I stood there watching it fall, shivering with Mark Gatiss (because pretend snow gives you real shivers) at the magic of madness of television, I got it all back. Christmas carols in my head! Blazing shops on cold nights! Coloured lights and shiny presents and mince pies and “Come here boy, let me buy your – no, never mind, move along!”

The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe airs Christmas Day at 7pm.

The Christmas edition of the Radio Times – featuring a larger interview with Steven Moffat and Matt Smith’s Christmas is on sale now for £2.50.


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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