Doctor Who chief Steven Moffat with new companion Jenna Coleman

Moffat’s Superstitious Writing Style

Moffat’s superstitious! (Everybody: “The writing’s on the wall” ).

Doctor Who chief Steven Moffat with new companion Jenna ColemanWell, no I’m afraid there will be no writing, be it on walls or anywhere else.

Fresh from collecting the BAFTA Special Award and confusing the world with his acceptance speech that revealed a hitherto unknown tendency to rely on particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement, Moffat told The Sun that he’s too superstitious to write down any plotlines for his shows:

“I never make a note of anything, I never even write a plot down. I have a terrible superstition of writing things down.”

Could this be another example of that wry, unknowable emotional trait known as humour – aimed directly at spoilerific fans? Or a rare insight into the paranoid world of the writer of a successful show? (It’s unlikely, but if it were true The Sun has shown massive restraint to not include the straight-faced headline alternative ‘WRITER FEARS FANS WILL STEAL HIS THOUGHTS’ ).

Or it could just be his actual technique:

“I have to write in sequence and only in sequence.”

That’s right people who start at the end and work their way back, change your chronologically confusing ways (the irony of Moffat sticking to linear story telling is not lost on us at the K) and you too could be collecting a BAFTA Special Award.

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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