Published on March 20th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley
Moffat Cagey on Cumberbatch Casting
The “Benedict Cumberbatch Question” was raised with the man who decides what will happen in each series of Doctor Who, but he sadly wasn’t in much of a mood to offer an interesting answer.
“People really do sit in rooms and make that stuff up. Look at the filming schedules for Doctor Who and Sherlock – those two shows tend to shoot at the same time. We’d have a problem and there’s only so much I can arrange.”
Although we’re big fans of The Grand Moff, I think I need to take issue with that statement. Firstly, most people do indeed sit in rooms. In this case, it’s rooms with TVs broadcasting Steven Moffat programmes, namely Doctor Who or Sherlock, noticing a striking presence (cast by Steven Moffat) on the screen and thinking: “what if…?”
A bit of humility would be more appropriate. If the answer is no, just say no!
Not his last word (or his most accurate – we’re not sure about his dates) as Moffat then hinted:
“But who knows what could happen in the future…”
Hints were in short supply, it seems, with the Doctor Who boss reluctant to share anything else other than tell us one of the episode titles is particularly good.
“Watch out for the title of episode two. I think that’s a belter. It’s one of my favourite titles ever.”