Steven Moffat interview: Doctor Who, television, directors and more

Simon Brew Nov 10, 2017

Steven Moffat chats to us about Doctor Who, the changing face of television, and the internet culture around it...

Ahead of the release of Doctor Who series 10 on DVD and Blu-ray – it lands on Monday, and is available digitally now – outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat did a select few interviews to chat about the show. And he saved one for us.

It was refreshing that, having got lost myself on the way to the interview venue in the depths of London, Moffat himself managed to as well. Apologetic for arriving ten minutes late for our chat, he insisted on adding those minutes to the end of our time, and that’s not something that happens very often with interviews.

With that in mind, we settled down for a long chat about the show, the environment it exists in, and series 10 itself…

I was just watching the DVD extras before,
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Doctor Who: has Steven Moffat handed Chris Chibnall a continuity reset without us even realising?

Will Martin Sep 4, 2017

Steven Moffat's recent work with Doctor Who may have given Chris Chibnall a reset switch...

It’s a dilemma for Doctor Who writers that has been dodged since the show began and one that’s felt even more noticeable in recent years: why doesn’t everyone remember previous Earth-based stories?

During Russell T Davies’ era, in which we were presented with a continuity and consistency of world-building perhaps only previously seen during the Unit years in the early 1970s (or ‘80s, but let’s not get into that), frequent references were made to the increasingly long list of Earth-based invasions and incidents that had taken place in the present day.

But a few years in, this was already becoming problematic from a characterisation point of view. Why would a companion from contemporary Earth have a realistic response to seeing aliens and spaceships that fulfils their role
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Doctor Who: the behind-the-scenes causes of regeneration

Mark Harrison May 10, 2017

Over Doctor Who's long history, what prompted the decision to leave for those in the lead role?

All sorts of things have killed off the Doctor. In the last half century, Doctor Who's unique approach to recasting the lead character has seen him fettled by old age, as punishment, by radiation poisoning, falls big and small, dodgy operations and time itself. There are plenty of in-universe reasons for why the Doctor regenerates, and the outgoing Time Lord Peter Capaldi promises that his upcoming demise will be suitably timey-wimey, but what of the behind-the-scenes reasons that the Doctor has to go?

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“While you're enjoying it,
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Clive Owen, Tom Felton, George MacKay Join Daisy Ridley’s ‘Ophelia’

Clive Owen, Tom Felton, George MacKay Join Daisy Ridley’s ‘Ophelia’
Clive Owen, Tom Felton, George MacKay, and Devon Terrell have joined the cast of Daisy Ridley’s romantic tragedy “Ophelia.”

Producer and Covert Media CEO Paul Hanson made the announcement Tuesday. The film begins principle photography later this month on location in Prague with Claire McCarthy directing.

Ophelia” is based on the novel by Lisa Klein and adapted for the screen by Semi Chellas (“Mad Men,” “The Eleventh Hour”). Covert Media is financing the feature and producing with Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger (“The Brothers Grimm”) and Sarah Curtis (“Hysteria”). Executive producers include Covert’s Elissa Friedman and Media Content Capital’s Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine (“Fading Gigolo”).

Covert is handling international rights to the film, which will be sold at the Cannes Film Festival. CAA, which packaged and arranged the financing, represents the film’s U.S. rights.


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Doctor Who: The Pilot geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Apr 15, 2017

Huge spoilers, as we unpack the Doctor Who series 10 opener - The Pilot - in search of references and treats.

This article contains spoilers for Doctor Who.

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Doctor Who is back for its 36th series, and with it are our viewing notes - a weekly guide to the references, similarities (intentional or otherwise!) and generally interesting things about each episode. Whilst we’ve crammed in as much as we can find, this is by no means a definitive list - so if you’re sat there thinking ‘You fools! You missed this!’, feel free to plop it down in the comments below. But remember: Don’t phone, it’s just for fun.
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Doctor Who series 10: The Pilot review

Simon Brew Apr 15, 2017

Doctor Who series 10 episode 1 is The Pilot, by Steven Moffat. Here's our spoiler-packed review...

This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.

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10.1 The Pilot


Let’s start by talking about Pearl Mackie.

In the build up to Doctor Who series 10’s premiere (I cling to the word 'series', accepting that 'season' will ultimately win), much of the press surrounding her character, Bill, was about sexuality. Yep, in 2017. Sheesh. Come the episode itself, far less fuss was made, and instead, we got to see just what a find Mackie is. As Bill, it already feels like she’s bringing something just a little different: intently curious, a respecter
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Doctor Who: revisiting each Doctor's first encounter with the Daleks

Mark Harrison Dec 2, 2016

How each Doctor responds to the Daleks for the first time reveals something about them...

Pearl Mackie was announced as the new companion for Doctor Who Series 10 back in April, with a specially filmed clip broadcast during Match Of The Day's Fa Cup semi-final. Aside from befuddling Gary Lineker, the purpose of a trailer like this, as opposed to a press release or a lavish announcement programme, is to show a character in action, and there was really no better way to define the character of Bill Potts than to show how she acted in the face of the Daleks.

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The Daleks are almost as old as the show itself and different Doctors respond to them in different ways. In some eras, Dalek stories have been an early fixture of a new Doctor’s run,
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How Armistice Day Became Veterans Day, and Who Helped Make That Happen

November 11 is Veterans Day, but it hasn’t always been. Our current conception of the day was the work of a few dedicated individuals, many of whom are not known by the general public. So let’s dive into how the holiday came about.

Though the Treaty of Versailles, which officially ended World War I, was signed on June 28, 1919, the Allied nations and Germany actually reached an armistice — or a temporary stop to fighting — on Nov. 11, 1918. (The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, by the way.)

It was President Woodrow Wilson who proclaimed the date Armistice
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Trespass Against Us trailer, with Michael Fassbender

Kayti Burt Sep 26, 2016

Brendon Gleeson and Michael Fassbender star, Doctor Who's Adam Smith directors. It's Trespass Against Us...

Does Michael Fassbender sleep? Because he churns out films at a pace that suggests otherwise. And it's not like he's just phoning it in with these performances, either.

The latest Fassbender flick to hit will be Irish family thriller Trespass Against Us, in which Fassbender plays a man caught between his father's wish for him to continue the family outlaw business, and his desire to pass on a different legacy to his young son.

Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges, Calvary) co-stars as Fassbender's character's father and with these two Irish acting powerhouses in one film, Trespass Against Us is already something of a must-see for us.

The film is being helmed by Doctor Who and Skins filmmaker Adam Smith (his Who credits include The Eleventh Hour) and was written by Alastair Siddons.
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Daisy Ridley In Talks To Play Ophelia In Title Role

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Two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts (Divergent series, The Impossible) and rising superstar Daisy Ridley (Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens) are in final negotiations to star in Ophelia, the highly-anticipated and dynamic reimagining of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” focusing on the untold story of Ophelia’s (Ridley) tragic romance with the prince and her relationship with his mother Queen Gertrude (Watts), it was announced today by Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson.

To be directed by Claire McCarthy (The Waiting City), Ophelia is based on the award winning novel by Lisa Klein and adapted for the screen by the acclaimed and award-winning writer Semi Chellas (“Mad Men,” “The Eleventh Hour”).

“Ophelia is brimming with youth-fueled charisma, exploring the nature of true love and beauty, and I’m so excited to bring this fresh mythic spin to Hamlet from a female perspective,
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Alan Fountain obituary

My colleague Alan Fountain, who has died unexpectedly at the age of 69, played a leading role in developing independent film in the UK, and the workshop movement that formed part of it. In 1981 he joined the infant Channel 4, and for 13 years, as commissioning editor for independent film and video, brought into being two strands of programming, The Eleventh Hour and People to People, which added an entirely new dimension to what viewers saw on television.

Channel 4 was tasked by parliament with encouraging innovation and experiment in the form and content of programmes. Alan did that, and more.

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Doctor Who: geeky spots in The Husbands Of River Song




Spoilers! It's our viewing notes and geeky spots for the Doctor Who Christmas special, The Husbands Of River Song....

It’s Christmas Day and that can only mean one thing - the Doctor Who return of Professor River Song, and the Den of Geek return of the geeky spots. So join us, won’t you, for a festive walk through the callbacks, allusions and generally interesting similarities featured in The Husbands Of River Song. If you spot anything we’ve missed out - we’ve been on the Christmas sherry since 9 o’clock this morning - let us know in the comments!

The References of River Song

As you might expect from the convoluted story of the Doctor and River Song, this episode contains a lot of references to their previous adventures together. Before reading this article, it might be useful to read our article on River Song’s timeline,
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A Closer Look at the New Sonic Screwdriver!

Philip Bates is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Woo! The Sonic Sunglasses seem to have disappeared, replaced by the one and only sonic screwdriver! Well, I say ‘one and only'; as we all know, it’s the same software, with a different case – so that’s it’s seventh major redesign. The previous sonic was given to the Doctor in The Eleventh Hour (2010) by the...

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Doctor Who series 9: geeky spots in Heaven Sent




Spoilers! Here are our geeky spots and viewing notes for Doctor Who series 9: Heaven Sent...

The Doctor has managed to escape the Veil, but he can never escape the glut of callbacks, references and increasingly tenuous similarities to older episodes or other franchises entirely. So with that in mind, here are our viewing notes for episode 11… Past experience tells us you’ve probably spotted something we haven’t, so please feel free to leave it in the comments!

The Long Way Round

The flies surrounding the Veil are the least deadly of the flies the Doctor has encountered on his travels; in 1964’s Planet Of Giants, the first Doctor’s companions Ian and Barbara, shrunk to miniscule size, were menaced by a regular housefly almost their size. And in 1973’s The Green Death, aka ‘The one with the giant maggots’, the third Doctor and Unit were
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Doctor Who series 9: geeky spots in Face The Raven




Spoilers: our viewing notes and geeky spots for Doctor Who series 9, Face The Raven...

So, ravens have been faced, the Doctor has been betrayed, and the groundwork has been laid for the two-part finale. But there’s no time to mourn; here’s our weekly Doctor Who viewing notes, featuring all the callbacks, references and things we otherwise thought interesting. As ever, this is the collected observations of one tired fan, so feel free to catalogue the things I’ve missed in the comments below...

Face The References

This story reunites the Doctor and Clara with graffiti artist Rigsy, who first appeared in last year’s Flatline and acted as Clara’s assistant while the Doctor was trapped inside a Tardis whose outer dimensions were shrinking. The Doctor was initially unimpressed with Rigsy, dismissing him as another ‘pudding brain’, but quickly saw his worth as a source
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Doctor Who series 9: geeky spots in The Girl Who Died




Eye-patches, a yo-yo, Game Of Thrones and Benny Hill. Here are the geeky bits and pieces we noticed in Doctor Who's The Girl Who Died...

While Ashildr watches the centuries pass waiting until her paths cross with the Doctor again, here’s something she might want to read to the pass the time - it’s the fifth of our geekly, weekly viewing guides to the ninth series of Doctor Who, pulling together all of the references and callbacks, recurring themes and motifs, and tenuous connections that we thought were interesting enough to write about anyway.

As always, if you spot something that we haven’t, please do share it with us in the comments below - so far, you’ve proved that we have some impressively eagle-eyed readers out there! And remember - it’s just a bit of fun...

Norse Mythology

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Doctor Who series 9: geeky spots in Before The Flood




Toby Whithouse's Before The Flood tips its top hat to several references from Doctor Who and elsewhere. Here are our spots...

This article contains lots and lots of spoilers for Before The Flood.

The Doctor and his friends may have gone back to before the flood in this episode, but even the 1980s aren’t safe from echoes of the past; if anything, there’s more of them there, on account of it being the past. So here are our geeky viewing notes for this week’s episode...

Before The Revival

The Doctor seemingly opens the episode by addressing the audience. There have been a handful of occasions in the past on which the Doctor speaks straight into the camera and could possibly be talking to the viewers - Tom Baker’s glib “Even the sonic screwdriver won’t get me out of this one” in The Invasion Of Time,
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New Who Review: The Magician’s Apprentice / The Witch’s Familiar

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“If someone who knew the future pointed out a child to you, and told you that that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives…could you then kill that child?”

It’s a classic philosophical question, one that the average person would never truly have to face. Of course, The Doctor is not the average person, and as such, has to face it nearly constantly. But never so personally, and so literally as when a young boy calls for help…and The Doctor walks away.

The Magician’S Apprentice / The Witch’S Familiar

Written by Steven Moffat

Directed by Hettie MacDonald

The Doctor lands on a planet torn asunder by war, a war going on so long that it’s using progressively declining technology – space fighters are being shot at with bows and arrows. When a young boy is trapped in a mine field,
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Doctor Who series 9 premiere 'The Magician's Apprentice' watched by 4.6 million viewers

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

Doctor Who drew an audience of less than 5 million viewers on its BBC One return last night (September 19), according to overnight data.

Series nine premiere 'The Magician's Apprentice' could only summon figures of 4.58 million (21.2%) in its 7.40pm timeslot, more than 2 million less than last series' opener and Peter Capaldi's full debut 'Deep Breath' (6.79 million).

2012 premiere 'Asylum of the Daleks' with Matt Smith logged 6.38 million, and in 2011, first episode 'The Impossible Astronaut' entertained 6.52 million.

In 2010, Matt Smith's first full appearance as the Doctor in 'The Eleventh Hour' appealed to 7.66 million.

Last night's Doctor Who was also handily beaten by ITV's The X Factor, which averaged 7 million (32.2%) from 8pm with a further 321k (1.6%) on +1.

'The Magician's Apprentice' starred Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez, and saw the return of Dalek creator Davros.

Doctor Who review: 'The Magician's
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Doctor Who series 9 review: The Magician's Apprentice

Spoilers: Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman return for Doctor Who series 9. Here's our review of The Magician's Apprentice.

This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.

9.1 The Magician's Apprentice

"Davros. My name is Davros".

Well, you can't accuse Doctor Who's latest series opener of not trying to get its core audience on side. The return of Julian Bleach as Davros? A reappearance for Skaro? Missy/The Master and the Doctor back bickering again? A whistle-stop tour of previous new-Who tourist attractions? Settle down, grab your Doritos: Doctor Who is very much back.

It's a layered opener too, perhaps one less welcoming to Who beginners than some of those before it. But then this year, there's no major new face to introduce to the show - well, not yet at least - so Steven Moffat dives straight into story, and setting up threads for the next three months.

In that sense,
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