Writing Doctor Who
Writing Doctor Who with Steven Moffat (Lead writer and Executive Producer) and Nick Lambon (Script Editor)
Writing Doctor Who was a live Q&A session in the BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House on 30th September 2016. Showrunner, lead-writer and Executive Producer of Doctor Who Steven Moffat and Script Editor Nick Lambon answered questions from Gavin Collinson and the audience.
Listen to clips from the event below which include some great insights and advice on subjects including giving and receiving script notes, structure, tone, drafting and read-throughs which are relevant to anyone interesting in scriptwriting and the TV drama production process.
Writing Doctor Who: Part 1
The Doctor Who 2016 Christmas Special
Showrunner Steven Moffat and Script Editor Nick Lambon discuss the origins of the Doctor Who 2016 Christmas Special 'The Return of Doctor Mysterio' in this clip from our live event in September 2016.
Writing Doctor Who: Part 2
Story of the week or story of the series?
Doctor Who showrunner and lead writer Steven Moffat discusses striking a balance between the story of the week or building to a climax with a serial storyline across all the episodes of the series. He also reveals what he thinks make a good Doctor Who script.
Writing Doctor Who: Part 3
Giving and receiving script notes
Doctor Who Script Editor Nick Lambon and lead writer Steven Moffat discuss giving and receiving script notes - "You will make more improvements by praising the good rather than criticising the bad". From our live event in September 2016.
Writing Doctor Who: Part 4
The writer's dilemma - getting to the good bits
Steven Moffat discusses how he structures his writing and why you should never hand in a script that you don't feel is perfect - but you must also be ready to change it all!
Writing Doctor Who: Part 5
What's a tone meeting?
About 6 weeks before shooting begins the heads of all the production teams sit down for a 'tone' meeting, but what does that actually mean, and what does it mean for the writer and their vision?
Writing Doctor Who: Part 6
Doctor Who Script Editor Nick Lambon describes the importance of the read-through and why you should never write a part that he ends up reading!
Writing Doctor Who: Part 7
How will you look back on Doctor Who?
To conclude our live event from September 2016 with Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and script editor Nick Lambon they ponder how they'll look back on the show in ten years time.
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Read these scripts from the BBC Radio Drama archive.
Read these scripts from the BBC TV Drama archive.