With a career in television spanning over 20 years, Steven Moffat’s is a name that only seems to be hitting the mainstream thanks to Doctor Who and Sherlock. Fortunately next weekend’s BAFTA awards ceremony will show viewers that he’s been responsible for some marvellous television for children and adults for a long time.
To recognise this, the Academy is rightfully sending Bafta’s Special Award in Moffat’s direction, allowing the writer to join an illustrious list that includes Paul Abbott, Alan Plater, Lynda La Plante and of course Russell T Davies.
As Tim Corrie, Chairman of BAFTA, remarked:
“Steven has had an outstanding year with Doctor Who and Sherlock, not to mention the feature film The Adventures of Tintin, and we are delighted to honour his contribution to television and the arts at the BAFTA ceremony on 27 May.
“He is one of the finest exponents of his craft and his Award, presented in honour of the late, great Dennis Potter, is very well deserved indeed.”
Digital Spy recently caught up with the writer – who’s pre-Doctor Who career largely consisted of Press Gang, Joking Apart, Chalk, Coupling and Jekyll – to gauge his reaction…
How does it feel to win this BAFTA Special Award?
“Well, I don’t know, it’s a bit like being shown your mausoleum! No, it’s great, it’s really exciting, of course. It fends off the insecurity for 10 or 15 minutes more a day, I suppose! It’s absolutely lovely, absolutely thrilling.”
You’ve had a varied career – do you take a different approach to writing something like Doctor Who than you did with Coupling or Joking Apart?
“It may look as though I take a different approach, but I don’t think any writer ever does. I think you just write it, with the same anxieties – you want it to be interesting, you want it to be funny and full of incident… I don’t think there is a different way to write. Just keep being interesting, keep people from turning over…
You’ll find a lot more of interest in the full interview, including a reference to the moment a fan pilloried Moffat for revealing the departure of Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill.