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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 18 November 1961Paisley, Scotland, UK
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Steven Moffat was born on November 18, 1961 in Paisley, Scotland. He is a writer and producer, known for Sherlock (2010), The Adventures of Tintin (2011) and Doctor Who (2005).

Spouse (1)

Sue Vertue (? - ?)

Trade Mark (1)

Doctor Who references

Trivia (5)

Scottish born school teacher
Son of Bill Moffat.
Son-in-law of Beryl Vertue, executive producer of Coupling (2003) and Coupling (2000).
The original Doctor Who series inspired Moffat to write.
Has children - Louis, Joshua.

Personal Quotes (18)

You're guaranteed to be lucky several times in your life-it's what you do with it. Young writers spend all their time worrying, in a way that David Gerrold did not and I did not. How do they get to meet the right people? How do they get to the right parties? If only someone would read my script... Forget all that. All these things are easy and will happen. The way you get your script to the right people is that you put it in an envelope. It's fucking easy. The difficult bit is writing something that is so good people will take a punt on a brand new writer. That's it-you have to write an absolutely terrific script.
I've been dreaming of writing for Dr Who (Doctor Who (2005)) since I was seven.
There are no bad feelings between Spielberg (Steven Spielberg) and me, but Doctor Who (2005) has to come before Hollywood. I am working on scripts to be filmed next year. Russell T. Davies is doing four specials next, then my shows will begin. I talked to Steven and he completely understood. Steven is a fan and he understood my passion for the series completely.
I really enjoyed Peter's (Peter Davison) Doctor. I said sometimes, he's underrated as the Doctor - although not after "Time Crash" (Doctor Who: Time Crash (2007)), that's for sure. I think he's a brilliant Doctor... He paved the way for the younger, more reckless Doctors... He is the first modern Doctor... Before Davison, he was always the father figure, and suddenly the Doctor became your reckless mate... The Doctor always doesn't know what he's doing, he just hopes he can get away with it.
It's aimed at kids and adults. And why should anyone care about this? If you watch it, then it's for you. It shouldn't matter. I mean the specific thing about it being a children's program, is that it follows the imperatives and narrative rules and the joy of children's fiction. If you watch Doctor Who (2005) at 9 pm at night (as you do in the United States) it's going to seem a bit odd. It's energetic. The Doctor walks straight out of the TARDIS and into trouble, and you accept it. The Master becomes Prime Minister of Britain, and you accept it. It's got all the brio and vigour of Harry Potter, Narnia and Star Wars. That doesn't mean it doesn't appeal to adults. Star Wars, the most successful film franchise ever, is explicitly for children, but adults love it. Doctor Who (2005) is my favorite thing in the world. If you're in Britain, we'll show you the sticker books and the lunchboxes. In the schoolyard on Monday, they're all talking about Doctor Who (2005). That doesn't mean it's childish. It's very sophisticated.
Literally, the whole family sits down to watch Doctor Who (2005): mum and dad, granddad, the two kids... Mum's fancying David Tennant, dad's thinking the spaceships are really cool, the granddad is saying it was better when it was William Hartnell.... and they're all thinking it's aimed at them.
The misconception about children's fiction is that it's lightweight or fluffy. It's about really big and important things. It's adults who like light and fluffy. Everything is big and important to a child, so their stories are about big and important events.
It felt right that the James Bond of the future would bed anyone. He's far too busy saving the universe to worry about which brand of genitals is best. (On the character of Captain Jack in Doctor Who (2005) and Torchwood (2006))
You come across the occasional nutter who will talk about Russell's (Russell T. Davies) gay agenda - I imagine he keeps it in a pink folder in a special leopardskin safe - but this is possibly the most heterosexual Doctor we've ever had. Clearly, Russell's gay agenda is to turn everyone straight.
The show is really tough for a super fit David Tennant so you might kill somebody who takes on the role in their 60s. For Doctor Who (2005) to turn into an old man you'd be pissed off. Even William Hartnell had trouble back then, he was often ill and he forgot his lines. I think the Doctor will always be about 40.
Most fans are delighted with just about all of Doctor Who (2005); really, they are. But mixed in with that are some insanely vocal ones who go on about how they hated it every single week. Which raises the question, 'Why are you fucking watching it then?' Many of those guys used to support my episodes, but they already think I'll fuck it up completely now. It makes no sense, especially when you look at what I was praised for by those vocal fans. They'd say, 'It will be great when Moffat takes over, because then there won't be so much romance, there won't be all that soapy stuff, there won't be all this comedy, and there won't be overuse of the sonic screwdriver'. But I do all those things, even more than Russell (Russell T. Davies) does! And I've got the record for gay jokes. I've got the gayest joke of all time in Doctor Who (2005) - I've got the 'beard' joke about the Master. I'm worse than he is for most of that!
I'm all for whingeing, of course - we're writers, it's our golf.
People love talking about the past, because they know they survived it. People hate the future cos they know they won't. I like the past too, but I don't think living there's an option.
I feel creatively stifled by the BBC every single day - but I'm a writer and 'creatively stifled' counts as anything short of an instant series commission, a guaranteed second series, a cuddle, a guaranteed third series, and a whispered invitation back to 'my place' (where I'll explain that really I've got a five-series arc in mind, and a spin-off.)
I can answer it with three letters: N-B-C. Very, very good writing team. Very, very good cast. The network fucked it up because they intervened endlessly. If you really want a job to work, don't get Jeff Zucker's team to come help you because they're not funny ... I think I'm entitled to say that because I think the way in which NBC slagged off the creative team on American "Coupling" after its failure was disgraceful and traitorous. So I enjoy slagging them off. That's the end of my career in L.A. I'll be leaving shortly.
[on his updated personification of Sherlock Holmes] A modern young man who wore a deerstalker would look a right dickhead, wouldn't he?
Sherlock Holmes is a human that longs to be a god, The Doctor is a god that longs to be a human.
Murray Gold is a genius. The number of melodies that man has come up with that are utterly haunting, utterly memorable.

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