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Published on January 12th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

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Moffat Feels “Tremendous Pressure” Over Anniversary

Anniversaries are scary most of the time – either the knee-knocking comes from not wanting to forget (which leads to all sorts of existential quandaries when you do) or that the celebrations just won’t encapsulate the general loved up feeling you have for that person, animal or Chinese motorbike.

Doctor Who Executive Producer Steven Moffat

Now factor that by a million fear experience points and you have the state of mind of Steven Moffat who – according to The Sun (the newspaper that is, things haven’t gotten so bad that he’s now holding confessionals with our planet’s life-giver) – is ‘terrified’ of the show’s upcoming 50th anniversary episode:

I’m writing the 50th anniversary episode right now and it’s half exciting and it’s half absolutely terrifying. I feel tremendous pressure not to let people down. So that’s very hard.

We don’t envy him.

But as Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben says: “Peter, look. You’re changing. I know. I went through exactly the same thing at your age.”

No, wait.

Not that one, the other one. The one about responsibility and power; with that burden Moffat at least knows the limitations of writing for every single fan:

You can’t please everybody all the time and it’s a mistake in a way to try. But you don’t want anybody to feel let down by a big anniversary episode.

You can almost hear him squirming in his seat.

Never before has the meme ‘In Moffat we Trust’ been more pertinent. The Christmas special and its accompanying trailer have more than raised the bar of what to expect in this anniversary; if anything Moffat should take some solace in the fact that expectations are so high because he has done such a good job so far.

He’s proven more than adept at writing complex and (mostly) satisfying conclusions involving large ensemble casts (not that I’m hinting that that particular skill might come in handy soon…) so if anything the ground work has been done.

We’re all excited, right?

Well, let’s hope that Moffat can take on this impossible task and bring us some truly memorable telly.

(via Entertainmentwise)

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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.




5 Responses to Moffat Feels “Tremendous Pressure” Over Anniversary

  1. avatar Krumstets says:

    I don’t envy him (Moffat) one bit . Whatever the story , it will be right. You cannot please all of us all of the time.

    I have my own wish list of things I would like to see. ( An episode with Susan, Ian and Barbara coming back for example) .

    But hey you can’t have everything..

  2. avatar stlshawn says:

    Oooooh so excited to see what it’s in store. I’m already getting ready to produce some fezzes, fezs, fezi,,, whatever,,, for a big watch party.

  3. avatar Joyce says:

    The pressure must be tremendous but my concerns are, given the way the show currently runs and given Moffats involvement in Sherlock, the showrunner has too much on his plate to do everything well. One person shouldn’t have so much responsibility. I think the show runner should almost be a creative director/script editor role and Who should have someone dedicated to it…I can’t see it’s a job where moonlighting is very easy.
    He is a good writer and so far season 7 and The Snowmen have been rather good…but he does do a lot this man.


    • Some good points, Joyce, but in fairness, I don’t think you’re giving Caro Skinner enough credit. It could be argued that any improvements between Series 6 and 7 can be attributed to her steadying influence.

    • avatar BOJAY says:

      With all due respect to Caroline Skinner, as Christian noted, who is doing a magnificent job, Joyce, you really don’t want any less showrunner out the showrunner. Doctor Who has thrived since its return because of the showrunner paradigm. You simply don’t encounter the fractured results of a producer working with a script editor, working with a writer(s), that was so evident through a lot of the classic show’s time, especially with JNT. It leads to the inevitable results of ego, and too many chef’s in the kitchen, so to speak. Doctor Who’s integrity owes everything to a visionary collaborating with other talent according to a definite framework, whether it was RTD then, of Steven Moffat now. Sherlock is three episodes a series, and Doctor Who will probably be more like six to eight episodes a series in the future. Steven Moffat will handle this, because I’m sure he’s aware there will never be a time like this in and for his work again.

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