It’s easy to forget just what tough job Steven Moffat and his colleagues have. Basically, they’re in charge of making sure the right people are working on the show, from catering and other facilities on location to providing SFX and post production after the cameras stop rolling.
Obviously there is a hierarchy and some delegation; but the buck stops at the top. So if Steven Moffat invites an unsuitable writer into the show, the individual concerned is more than likely going to have some difficulty settling into the task and being able to produce the required number of drafts in the necessary style for television.
This subject cropped up at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival on Saturday.
But not, one imagines, as hard as that old chestnut of “making the Daleks scary again”. Did they ever stop being scary? If so, why? It’s arguable that the last time they really made an impact was in the Army of Ghosts cliffhanger, and it took a remarkable story (along with 17 years off-screen) like Dalek to breathe fire back into the legendary villains.
“I hope they will leave them outside their bedroom doors, was my response to that. There is a tremendous temptation to go kitch and sweet with the daleks. You shouldn’t. They are insane tanks.”