Doctor Who has received multiple nominations for the 2014 Hugo Awards.
The Name of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor and The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot have all been nominated in the ‘Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form’ category.
An Adventure in Space and Time has been nominated in the ‘Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form’ category and ‘The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who’ in the ‘Best Graphic Story’ field.
Steven Moffat commented: “For Doctor Who to receive three Hugo nominations in its anniversary year is completely thrilling. We are all over the moon. I’m particularly pleased about The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot as that was my acting debut. I remain available for any parts requiring a black jumper and slightly unrealistic hair.”
The winners will be announced on Sunday, 17th August 2014 at The Hugo Awards ceremony.
Steven Moffat has spoken on why the TARDIS dislikes Clara.
In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat says: “As the Type 40 bad girl made clear in ‘The Doctor’s Wife’, she doesn’t like him bringing home strays. The TARDIS, as we know, likes to fire her pet Time Lord at interesting moments in history and watch the fireworks.”
“Anyone less mad than The Doctor might have noticed by now the TARDIS navigation always works perfectly when the crisis demands, but never when he fancies lunch, or tea and biscuits at the Eye of Orion.”
“Now those pesky humans who keep following him home are usually content to stumble about, saying: ‘It’s bigger on the inside’ and remain sufficiently in awe of the Police Box magic never to question it. But clever, sceptical, hard-to-impress Clara might just cause trouble.”
Moffat teases: “It’s almost like it’s all building to something… Oh! What’s this I’m writing today?”
Steven Moffat has explained the timey-wimey confusion, following the events in The Time of the Doctor.
In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, a reader asks that if The Doctor prevented his own death, how could his tomb be in The Name of the Doctor?
Moffat replies: “I’ve often wondered about that. Fortunately, late one night, The Doctor turned up in person and explained it to me:”
“THE DOCTOR: Changing time is tricky. It’s a bit like a detective story: so as long there isn’t an actual body, you’ve got a certain amount of wiggle room – for instance, if the body has, rather conveniently, been burned on a boat in Utah.”
“Here’s the thing: I can change the future so long as the future has not already been established as part of my own past. I can’t rescue Amy and Rory because I already know that I didn’t.”
“But what do I know about Trenzalore? There’s a big monument that looks very like my TARDIS. There’s a temporal fissure leading to my timeline. Maybe it’s my grave. Maybe, one day, it’s my burial ground. Maybe it is something else entirely, and we got it all wrong. Don’t know. Don’t plan to find out for as long as possible.”
“The main thing is, Clara still jumped into my time stream, and ended up helping me through all of my life. All that is established, unchanged – but there’s wiggle room!”
Steven Moffat has said that Peter Capaldi using his Scottish accent is the “main thing” about his Doctor.
“Scottishness. I think that’s the main thing,” Moffat told IGN of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor.
“I mean watching him, and I just watched episode two actually, you don’t go around thinking this is an older bloke as the Doctor, particularly. But then I don’t know if I ever thought Matt Smith was young? You just think my god, he’s Scottish!”
“Doomed dialogue doesn’t half sound great in Scottish,” he added. “You say the world’s about to end in a Scottish accent, and you really believe it!”
Doctor Who Series 8 will air later in 2014 on BBC One.
Paul McGann has admitted that he would return to Doctor Who again if asked by Steven Moffat.
McGann played the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 TV Movie, and returned in 2013 to star in special 50th Anniversary minisode, The Night of the Doctor.
Speaking to Yahoo, McGann said: “If the same thing were to happen again and Moffat were to say ‘Would you come back and do it and I’ll write it?’ Why wouldn’t I want to do it? If it’s going to be that quality, why wouldn’t you want to do it?”
Speaking on a possible spin-off, he said: “There’s always all kinds of rumours. ‘Doctor Who’ is like a rumour mill, isn’t it? ‘Yea, McGann is going to do this, Matt is going do that, there’s going to be a spin-off, blah blah blah’. Of course it’s all b****cks because its Moffat who decides what they’re going to do next. And of course, now you’ve got a new Doctor in Peter Capaldi – I think it’s only fair that he gets a decent run on his own without any distractions so he gets his feet under the table.”
McGann went on to explain how The Night of the Doctor came about: “Steven Moffat got in touch and said ‘If I were to write it, would you do it?’ I asked could I think about it and he said ‘Think about it now… because we want to do it next week.’ I had such a quick decision to make and I’m glad, because sometimes when you do things quickly, it’s better.”
“I felt when I arrived in Cardiff that [Moffat] had probably written it the day before. That was the only gap he had, on that Sunday, because they were trying to finish the big 50th. We arrived and it was next to the set of the 50th and [the actors] had all left. They’d had the party the night before and they’d all just left. We arrived the next day and shot the mini-episode.”