Steven Moffat - writer of episodes nine & ten
Discovering he had been chosen as one of the writers on the new series
of Doctor Who helped to seal a perfect day for Steven Moffat,
writer of Coupling.
"I heard I'd got the job on the way to the Comedy Awards, where we
won for my BBC TWO series Coupling, and I got to meet (former Doctor
Who) Peter Davison," he recalls.
Like the other writers working on the Doctor's return, Steven is a
big Doctor Who fan. "I remember me and (fellow Doctor Who writer) Mark
Gatiss drunkenly pitching the return of the show to the BBC's
Head of Comedy at a party once and him saying 'It sounds very interesting,
but I'm comedy'.
"Getting involved in the new series was absolutely thrilling, but I
guess I took a deep breath before I started writing my episodes."
Steven scripted one of three two-parters in the new run, a sinister
tale set in London during the Blitz, where a mysterious presence is
mutating humans into something not of this world.
Best known for his comedy work, he says: "Comedy is just another sort
of drama really, and there's always been comedy in Doctor Who to offset
"To my mind, Doctor Who should be predominantly scary, but you can't
make it too terrifying if you're aiming it at a family audience.
"I've always seen it as a kind of badly-behaved children's show. It
scared and thrilled me as a kid and will hopefully do the same to a
new generation of viewers this time round."
Steven says he put being a long-time fan of the show aside while writing
"I actually pre-date Doctor Who, and I remember being very confused
as a boy when Patrick Troughton took over from William Hartnell, the
first Doctor," he recalls.
"I started being a never-miss-an episode fan when Jon Pertwee was the
"But I tried to switch off from being a fan when I was writing because
it was hard work. Where being a fan has come into it is stuff like being
on the set of the TARDIS, and seeing clips from the episodes by the
"I came into the show expecting that it would be done well, because
that was the intent, and it really has been mounted at a very high level."