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Published on August 28th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Moffat in the Writer’s Room

With a Weeping Angel at the bottom of the garden of his new house, Steven Moffat has, for the first time in his life, a proper office for writing.

Steven Moffat, writer of Doctor Who and Sherlock

This snippet, and more (including how he deals with Writer’s block, how Blink and A Scandal in Belgravia were both filmed in the same house and an explanation of how the showrunner job doesn’t actually exist), can be gleaned from a new interview with the Doctor Who and Sherlock chief over at the BBC Writersroom, a place where people like me and assistant editor Phil Bates spend far too much time dreaming of doing something that isn’t copywriting.

Running to just over eleven minutes, this is an interesting look into how Moffat works, why he writes and what he would take should he ever be stranded on a desert island (and let’s face it, how likely is that?). You’ll also learn that Moffat is absolutely aware of how television is about to change (and is changing) due to things like Netflix and tablets.

Head over to the BBC Writersroom to watch the full interview


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About the Author


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+.

5 Responses to Moffat in the Writer’s Room

  1. avatar Bob James says:

    Like Russell T Davies before him, Steven Moffat is a brilliant creative mind, a brilliant writer working very, very hard at an all too often thankless job. He can set a course and collaborate with other creative minds, other writers and get superlative television made, whether it’s Doctor Who, Sherlock, or any of the other accomplishments on his CV. It doesn’t seem to be an easy task, but it’s clear that his love and passion drive him. And he’s aware, he has his ear open and his finger on the pulse of an industry that’s about to become something else almost entirely. I hope that he continues as long as he feels he has something to contribute, and that whoever succeeds him possesses the same forward mind and thinking.

  2. avatar Al says:

    It’s rare for someone to oversee not one but two hit, acclaimed shows at the same time – not just in a sense of having their name on it, but being hands-on with writing and day to day. JJ Abrams with Lost and Alias, Joss Whedon with Buffy and Angel (though that almost doesn’t count as they were related shows), and Dick Wolf with his various Law & Orders and variants come to mind. I agree with Bob James that I’m happy to see him stay with it as long as he has something to offer. RTD left when he did because he felt he’d done all he set out to do. Moffat is about to do something only John Nathan Turner did before him and that is oversee the introduction of not one but two Doctors (actually three if you count that John Hurt guy…).

    • avatar Al says:

      OK, I made a boo-boo – RTD also introduced two Doctors of course. I think I was thinking of three Doctors, with John Hurt, when I made that statement comparing Moffat to JNT. Times like this I wish the comments offered an Edit function.

      • avatar David F says:

        Don’t worry. Doctor Who fans are almost never pedantic.

        • avatar Bob James says:

          There you are, making with the witty again, David F! Awesome on you………

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