Published on May 12th, 2012 | by Meredith Burdett
Topping the Big Event
Writing Doctor Who can be a stressful business. If you’ve ever read The Writer’s Tale by Russell T Davies (if you haven’t then do so immediately, it’s absolutely brilliant) you’ll see just how much pressure being the Head Writer and Executive Producer really is.
Even with a different show runner in the form of Steven Moffat, the pressures are still felt, as the man himself talked about when discussing his scripts that he wrote featuring the exit of both Amy and Rory from Doctor Who.
Talking with The Huffington Post, Moffat commented on the pressure he felt when writing the final story for the Ponds, which if rumour is true features the Weeping Angels:
“The event status of Amy and Rory leaving, which I’ve just written, you feel tremendous pressure with that…because you don’t know if you’ve enjoyed a story until it’s over, and this is the ending.”
But even with finalised scripts and shots in the can, there’s still the added pressure of keeping the show fresh and making sure that after gaps between episodes, audiences are still intrigued enough to come back to Doctor Who to watch more episodes. Mr Moff also talked about how episodes are planned as “attention grabbing”:
“We’re always trying to work out how to get episode seven coverage in the newspapers…obviously episode one will [be written about], but how do you make [a later episode] a must-see?”
Last year, the gap between A Good Man Goes to War and Let’s Kill Hitler did nothing to dent the ratings, in fact the small drought seemed to do the show a world of good and gather more attention from viewers and various media outlets alike.