Doctor Who chief Steven Moffat

Moffat: “I thought historicals were dull”

A recent interview with Steven Moffat has revealed that the writer and Executive Producer of Doctor Who has a certain disdain towards historical adventures…


Speaking to a group of journalists, the man who runs the 50-year-old TV show was asked if it is possible that a purely historical adventure might be seen in the future, perhaps as a nod of the hat to the series’ first adventure which saw the travellers inadvertently thrown into the distant past.

I don’t think it’s impossible, but I’m going to put my cards on the table here and say I didn’t think those historical adventures were any good, I didn’t like them, I thought they were dull, and as far as I remember them as a kid I couldn’t wait for them to be over to get back to proper sci fi. I’m just being honest, they weren’t my favourite.

That doesn’t mean that we won’t come up with a story that is a historical, but I think they were discarded for a reason, and even before they were discarded they were always reduced to only four part stories, they were regarded as the lesser element of the show.

I think if you’ve got this glittering man in his extraordinary space/time machine just having him visit the past isn’t enough. I don’t think it is. There has to be something as extraordinary as he is otherwise it’s like Sherlock Holmes investigating local crimes, it’s just not enough for our hero.

What do you think? Is Moffat wrong (you might be in agreement with our recent article on this very subject), or would you rather forget The Aztecs?

Head on over to Outpost Skaro where you can enjoy the full interview

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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