Steven Moffat on Writing

woffatwritesThe BBC website has a truly fascinating video interview with DOCTOR WHO and SHERLOCK executive producer/lead writer Steven Moffat in which he talks about writing and his process. Yes, he mentions examples from DW and SHERLOCK, but the important stuff is (I think) his explanations of how he approaches things like writing itself, creating characters and what makes a great dramatic moment. He also doesn’t think writing should be such a solitary process. (Not sure I agree with him on that one, but who am I to argue…)

Follow this link to Writer’s Room to see the video (because BBC won’t let me embed it here); I think it’s totally worth devoting 11:20 to hearing about how and why a master of the craft of TV writing works!

The Doctor’s Less-Than-Dapper Alternate Duds

tennishAt long last: Secrets of DOCTOR WHO revealed! With the 11th Doctor’s time in the TARDIS winding down, it’s traditionally time to look back at the reigning Doctor’s era. Here are some images that appear to be wardrobe tests for Matt Smith’s Time Lord costume. And these duds were… duds.

The clever folks over at Geek Tyrant have unearthed the samples, and I must say I dislike them all — except, of course, for the red shirt/bow tie look that was ultimately adopted. I really hate the casual T-shirt looks, and I think adopting one of those would have been a complete disaster. And the suit-and-tie/overcoat get-up smacks too much of David Tennant’s pinstripes and duster.

Is this the "pirate" outfit?

Is this the “pirate” outfit?

I am still dying to see the so-called “pirate outfit” that Smith was slated to wear up until the very last moment. Unless that black one with the open-collar plaid shirt is considered pirate-y? Could that be the costume-that-almost-was?

As I remember executive producer Steven Moffat telling the story, they were up against the deadline to reveal the new Doctor’s costume and were set to go with the pirate look (even though support was lukewarm) when Smith convinced Moffat to take a look at the professorial tweed outfit with bow tie — and Moffat made the switch. Supposedly, they were in the last hour before unveiling the costume to the press, so the change quite literally came at the eleventh hour! But the switch was made, and the rest is history. Thank the Laws of Time it wasn’t rewritten.