BAFTAs: Steven Moffat on ‘Doctor Who’ Season Finale, 50th Anniversary, and New ‘Sherlock’ | Anglophenia
Doctor Who was feted with a special 50th anniversary tribute at Sunday’s BAFTA TV awards in London, and lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat was on hand on the red carpet, where he chatted with our own Alan Moloney about Saturday’s highly anticipated season finale, “The Name of the Doctor,” the show’s 50th anniversary special, and the upcoming third season of Sherlock, the PBS adaptation he co-created with Mark Gatiss.
Huge secrets about Clara and The Doctor will be revealed in the final episode of Doctor Who (Saturday 7pm). In an exclusive chat with What’s On TV, Jenna-Louise Coleman, who plays the Time Lord’s latest companion, explains what to be prepared for and about her experiences in the show so far…
You’ll have to click through to read the thing. It’s a little spoilery but not overly so.
Warwick Davis talks about his role on Doctor Who: Nightmare in Silver
DOCTOR WHO Inside Look: Fast Cybermen in “Nightmare in Silver” - BBC AMERICA
Watch an All New DOCTOR WHO INSIDE LOOK at “Nightmare in Silver” - featuring Exclusive Interviews with lead writer & executive producer STEVEN MOFFAT and star MATT SMITH.
Hear from MATT about “what if the Doctor was a real evil dude,” and from STEVEN about having the Cybermen back: “Apart from that handle head, everything else is up for grabs.”
Behind the scenes of Nightmare in Silver with Matt Smith, Neil Gaiman, Steven Moffat, and Jenna-Louise Coleman. Narrated by Richard Bacon.
I read that you were cast because you can speak faster than Matt Smith. Is that a talented that you just always had?
Nightmare in Silver is written by the internationally acclaimed Neil Gaiman whose previous episode – The Doctor’s Wife – was a brilliant, bonkers, wildly enjoyable adventure that won plaudits and the 2012 Hugo Award for the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.
He returns with a story that sees the Doctor once more facing the Cybermen, but this being Doctor Who and Neil Gaiman, nothing about the iconic enemy’s return is as you’d expect, from the Cybermen themselves to the people battling them. We caught up with Neil and quizzed him about how he ended up back in the world of Doctor Who and what we can expect from his latest inspired nightmare…
Question: You’re back! Hurray! How were you persuaded to return?
Neil Gaiman: It began with an email from Steven Moffat. He said, ‘I know you’re too busy ever to write another Doctor Who episode… but would you like to make the Cybermen scary again?’ And I thought, Agghhhh! I do! I really do! I said,Yes, I’m in…
I thought it would be really fun to make the Cybermen scarier than they have been recently and then I got completely side-tracked by a mad, strange romp that just keeps getting bigger and odder in which the Doctor and Clara have taken two children to a big amusement park and they find themselves embroiled in a very peculiar galactic empire which has fought a battle against the Cybermen - and won…
Q: What can we expect from the Cybermen and the adventure in general?
NG: We’ve moved on a little bit, technologically, from the last round of Cybermen we saw, because we’re a bit further into the future. So instead of Cybermats, we’re now going to encounter Cybermites… We have to deal with various things we’ve had to deal with in the past, such as the Cybermen’s ability to take over people and transform them into Cybermen. And this time, it’s going to get very, very personal for the Doctor…
“Doctor Who” star Jenna-Louise Coleman has been warned. She knows that two months from now, fans at Comic-Con International in San Diego will line up in the thousands, camping overnight outside the city’s convention center to secure seats for the annual panel devoted to the BBC TV sensation. Many will wield sonic screwdrivers or wear Dalek costumes, and more than a few will come dressed as Coleman’s character, Clara.
But back in March, the hype hadn’t caught up with her.
“Everyone wants to know, ‘Has your life changed since joining the show?’” Coleman said over a lunch of baby beets and tangerine at downtown Los Angeles’ Lazy Ox Canteen. “And I’m like, ‘No, not really.’ I just go to Cardiff, and I do mad things and experience mad stuff on set, and then I come back to my London life, which suddenly seems more boring because I’ve been blasting Cybermen.”
There’s also a gallery of pics including the one above.
“I think those three should have their own show… They are just brilliant.”
Go inside the Doctor’s relationship with Madame Vastra, Jenny & Strax - and discover what classic British comedy MATT SMITH based his relationship with Strax on, and what led STEVEN MOFFAT to create such a unique character.
The finale story is such a fantastic idea; it’s epic and huge and filled with drama.
It was really exciting to sit down and read the script. There are little bits and pieces, which Steven planted a couple of years ago. It’s just really clever and a crucial moment in the Doctor’s life that you get to explore with the best baddies. I really think they are going to become another Moffat classic.
This is a really good interview, covering questions about each of the rest of the episodes this season, including [SPOILER ALERT]:
Q: What can you tell us about the finale?
SM: It’s full of surprises and questions that have never been answered in the history of Who, including the Doctors greatest secret. We’re not pretending, we’re not kidding, it’s actually going to happen. The episode is called The Name of the Doctor and involves our hero in a conflict that is very, very personal to him. Usually he’s saving other people, but this time he might be the one who needs to be saved. We’ll also find out what makes his new companion so impossible and there’s a surprise that no one has got right so far, and one that will change the course of Who forever!