In this BBC Cymru Wales event, Steven Moffat looks back over 50 years of Doctor Who.
Steven Moffat has said ‘The Day of the Doctor’ will be quite “dark” and “serious”.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Moffat said: “It’s quite a dark episode. It’s quite a serious episode. We start to move the Doctor into a place, and you’ll start to see we’ve been moving him into that direction for a while.”
“The question was: what was the most important thing that happened to the Doctor, the day the Doctor won’t forget. It will redefine him.”
“I knew what I wanted to accomplish,” he added. “It is a tremendous challenge to attach 50 to anything. I wanted it to be the show that ensures the next 50 years. And it celebrates the legend.”
When asked how long he would remain showrunner of Doctor Who, he said: “I honestly don’t know. I have no intentions to leave.”
'The Day of the Doctor' will air on Saturday, 23rd November at 7:50pm on BBC One.
Steven Moffat has said there will be “at least” 13 Doctor Who episodes in 2014.
In an interview with Broadcastnow, Moffat said there would be “at least” 13 episodes in 2014. He also spoke about the difficulty of juggling his current workload on the show.
He said: “There’s always a point in production, usually half-way, maybe two thirds, through a series when you realise you’re juggling at least one aspect of each show at once: maybe a press launch for one, another in the edit and I might not have written the last one.”
“You wake up in the night thinking about 13 emergencies, each of them equally calamitous. As a lifestyle choice, it’s questionable.”
“One of the hardest things for me to do is work out when I’ll have time to write,” he added.
“A whole week can disappear when I haven’t had a moment to sit down. I was amazed recently when I got a script ready in time for the tone meeting.”
Doctor Who will return with the 50th Anniversary special, ‘The Day of the Doctor’ on Saturday, 23rd November on BBC One.
Steven Moffat: Five reasons why TV is better than the cinema.
"Television is better than the movies. Yes it is – it’s just better," Steven Moffat said at a Radio Times-sponsored event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
Here are Steven Moffat’s five reasons:
1."You don’t have to walk so far to see it."
2."You can choose your chair."
3."There aren’t other people."
4."When you want to go to the loo in the middle you can just pause it!"
5."If you like it so much that you want to watch it twice, you can’t go up to the cinema protection room and say ‘Pop it on again, will you?’"
Steven Moffat has described Matt Smith and David Tennant as “a tremendous double-act”.
In an interview with SFX Magazine, Moffat said that Tennant and Smith got "giggly with each other" on set of the 50th Anniversary special, ‘The Day of the Doctor’.
He said: "When you’re talking to yourself there are no limitations, there’s no holding back. You wouldn’t be kind or courteous. At the same time, because they are two lovable, madcap, caffeinated Doctors, they’re also quite fanboy-ish about each other."
Moffat added that the "funny" dynamic between the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors was a "lovely accident" and came about "mostly in the playing".
"It is… a tremendous double-act. They’re naturally funny together. Enough alike and enough dissimilar. They’re not broody, upset Doctors. [David and Matt] were having such a good time together that they brought that out.”
Peter Capaldi is shopping for his Doctor Who outfit right now, according to Steven Moffat.
Asked when Capaldi would be heading to the shops, Steven Moffat revealed: “I think actually right now – I think literally right now.”
“He was texting me ‘I’m out with [the wardrobe stylist] at the moment, it’s going quite well’ and some descriptions of clothes I did not understand. If it’s not a suit…”
Moffat explained he would be taking a hands-off approach to tracking down the appropriate costume for his new leading man after failing to spot the potential of a bow tie for Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor.
Moffat said: “I’ll just let them get on with it and it’ll be ‘yes’ or ‘no’ a the end.”.
“Matt said ‘I should be a boffin, I think I need to go with the bow tie’ and I said ‘No, absolutely not, you’re not wearing a bow tie – that’s a cartoon idea of what Doctor Who is… Oh, you are going to wear a bow tie – you look incredible in it.”
“And from that moment on he suddenly came to life, and he put the tweed jacket on and suddenly he’s leaping round the room with a Biro pen and that was it – he was the Doctor.”
Is it possible Capaldi will have as much influence on the Twelfth Doctor’s attire? "He likes his clothes," said Moffat, "he’s got very strong opinions about clothes, he’s very dashing."
Steven Moffat was speaking at a Radio Times-sponsored event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
Peter Capaldi will make his debut appearance at the end of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special - Christmas day on BBC One.
“On 23rd November, it won’t be the bad guys conquering the Earth… it will be The Day of the Doctor!” - Steven Moffat
Steven Moffat has said that Peter Capaldi’s past appearances in Doctor Who and Torchwood will not be ignored, and may serve as a plot point.
In an interview with Nerd³, he said: “We are aware that Peter Capaldi’s played a big old part in Doctor Who and Torchwood before and we are not going to ignore the fact.”
“I remember Russell [T Davies] told me that he had a big old plan as to why there were two Peter Capaldi’s in the Who universe: one in Pompeii and one in Torchwood.”
“When I cast Peter and Russell got in touch to say how pleased he was, I said, ‘Okay, what was your theory and does it still work?” and he said, ‘Yes it does. Here it is…’
“We’ll play that one out over time. It’s actually quite neat.”
He added: “The face is not set from birth. It’s not like he was always going to be one day Peter Capaldi. We know that’s the case because in ‘The War Games’ he has a choice of faces. So we know it’s not set, so where does he get those faces from? They can’t just be randomly generated because they’ve got lines. They’ve aged. When he turns into Peter he’ll actually have lines on his face. So where did that face come from?”
Peter Capaldi will debut as the 12th Doctor in this year’s Christmas special, on Christmas day (25th December) on BBC One.