Steven Moffat is to take part in an exciting late addition to this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival programme.
The Doctor Who showrunner and Sherlock co-creator will appear in conversation inSherlock, The Doctor and Me, a special session for Radio Times taking fans behind the scenes of the hotly anticipated Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, providing insights into the casting of Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi, and reflecting on the extraordinary success of his 21st-century Sherlock.
The hour-long session takes place at Cheltenham Town Hall at 3:45pm on Sunday 13 October. Tickets, priced at £10, can be purchased via the official Cheltenham Festival website from 12 noon on Sunday 6 October for members and Monday 7 for the general public.
… about Doctor Who, the morality of the TARDIS, and, everyone’s misconceptions of tumblr.
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 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.”
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?
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The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine ventures behind the scenes of Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, to interview showrunner Steven Moffat, presenter Zoë Ball and features an exclusive letter from Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi.
"The Doctor’s always said he’s thousands of years old, and suddenly he’s going to look closer to what we know he secretly is" says Steven Moffat, in an exclusive sneak-peek quote given to doctorwho.tv. "He’s going to look like an older man. A fiercer man. He won’t be the dashing young man he was a minute ago, and I think that’ll be rather exciting…"
Of Peter Capaldi, Moffat goes on to say “He’s always looked like Doctor Who, how has this taken us so long?! Because the moment you say his name, you go ‘Of course!’ Because he’s got the hair, and he’s got the look, he’s brilliant, he’s known to be a fan, of course it’s bloody him!”
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Moffat in Surprise Edinburgh Improv Show Appearance
Steven Moffat is to appear in an improvised comedy show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
The Doctor Who showrunner will be a guest on Ad Lib at the Assembly Hall on August 21 2013, appearing alongside comedian and self-confessed fan of the series Frank Skinner.
Moffat has a background in comedy having scripted Joking Apart and Coupling, but an improvised show would be something of a departure.
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Standing in front of the stage where only minutes before Peter Capaldi had been revealed as the Twelfth Doctor, Moffat appeared amazingly relaxed considering the situation but also somewhat excited that he could finally talk about one of the most highly prized secrets of the year.
He revealed that Peter Capaldi was not a name he had expected to be thinking of following Matt Smith’s decision to give up the Tardis but one that he kept on coming back to. Moffat even consulted his Sherlock producing partner Mark Gatiss who affirmed his belief that Capaldi would have what it takes to step into television’s longest running science-fiction franchise.
Calling the man best known for his role as government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker “famously brilliant,” Moffat said he had everything that matters to take control of the TARDIS: “He’s got that look, he has those Doctor eyes.”
@DWMtweets: What will Peter Capaldi wear as the Doctor? “Clothes,” says Steven. “Anything else would be shocking.”
Moffat, who was visiting the U.S. to bring “Doctor Who” and his other show “Sherlock” to Comic-Con, spoke about the challenges posed by the impending transition between Matt Smith and the next Doctor. The new actor will star opposite Jenna Coleman’s character Clara, the Doctor’s traveling companion, as well as several other characters who already have been introduced.
With a familiar cast of characters and an established writing team, Moffat said, the new Doctor will be part of a “substantially different” landscape than the one outgoing star Smith faced when he landed the role.
Comic Con News: Mark Gatiss & David Bradley Talk Doctor Who
Mark Gatiss has been feverishly working on the Doctor Who special An Adventure in Space and Time. The story will dramatize the events surrounding the creation of the world’s longest running science fiction series.
It’s not been announced exactly when the story will air, but it’s been hinted that we’ll see it before the 50th anniversary episode. Showing how Doctor Who began would be an excellent way to put the 50th into perspective.
Gatiss wanted to tell the story of the creation of Doctor Who. He’d heard so many anecdotal stories, but he wanted to get to the facts and dramatize the story of how this show came to be. He’s always had an eye for historical detail as has been evidenced in his past Doctor Who stories, many of which take place in Earth’s past, so it’ll be exciting to see all the little details that will surely be in this special.
David Bradley, who will be playing William Hartnell in the special, tells how Hartnell was also a stickler for detail. Hartnell insisted on knowing what each control on the TARDIS console was supposed to do. He knew children were smart enough to catch if he pushed a different button to do the same thing in a different episode. The man respected the intelligence of his audience and even though they were children he knew never to underestimate them.
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Doctor Who Comic-Con 2013 Panel Highlights: MATT SMITH, JENNA COLEMAN, STEVEN MOFFAT & more!
Watch the highlights now and get all the scoop from stars MATT SMITH & JENNA COLEMAN, Executive Producer & Lead Writer STEVEN MOFFAT, producer MARCUS WILSON, writer MARK GATISS and “An Adventure in Space and Time” star DAVID BRADLEY.
Discover why STEVEN thinks The Doctor would be shocked to find out there’s a show about him, and what other Doctor Who characters MATT & JENNA would want to play.
Plus, find out MARK GATISS’s favorite memory from season 7, and whether they’ll ever shoot more episodes in America.
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