Wednesday, May 21, 2008

It couldn't have happened to a nicer (or better) bloke

This, from the BBC:

Steven Moffat to be Doctor Who Lead Writer and Executive Producer

BBC Wales and BBC Drama has announced that BAFTA and Hugo Award-winning writer Steven Moffat will succeed Russell T Davies as Lead Writer and Executive Producer of the fifth series of Doctor Who, which will broadcast on BBC One in 2010.

Moffat has penned some of the series' most unforgettable and acclaimed episodes, including Blink, with its terrifying weeping angels, for which he was awarded the BAFTA Writer Award 2008 on Sunday 11 May. His previous work on Doctor Who includes The Girl In The Fireplace for series two, which earned him his second Hugo Award. His first was for the series one two-parter The Empty Child, which became famous for its terrifying refrain "Are you my mummy?" For the current series, Moffat has written Silence In The Library, a two-parter starring Alex Kingston which transmits on 31 May and 7 June 2008 on BBC One.

Steven's career began with the landmark ITV children's drama Press Gang in 1989, for which he won his first Bafta. Coupling, the hugely popular and award-winning sitcom he created and wrote for BBC Two, began in 2000 and ran for four seasons. Jekyll, his six-part thriller starring James Nesbitt and Michelle Ryan, transmitted on BBC One last year.

Steven will continue as one of the directors on the board of Hartswood Films which produced Coupling and Jekyll, where he is also working on his new comedy Adam & Eve with wife Sue Vertue. He has just delivered the screenplay for Tintin – the first instalment of the trilogy of films featuring the iconic Belgian comic-strip hero – to Steven Spielberg who will direct it for DreamWorks. Thomas Sangster and Andy Serkis will star.

Steven Moffat says: "My entire career has been a Secret Plan to get this job. I applied before but I got knocked back 'cos the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven. Anyway, I'm glad the BBC has finally seen the light, and it's a huge honour to be following Russell into the best - and the toughest - job in television. I say toughest 'cos Russell's at my window right now, pointing and laughing."

Lead Writer and Executive Producer Russell T Davies says: "It's been a delight and an honour working with Steven, and I can't wait to see where his extraordinary imagination takes the Doctor. Best of all, I get to be a viewer again, watching on a Saturday night!"

Doctor Who will return in 2009 with four specials, and the full-length fifth series is currently scheduled to be broadcast on BBC One in Spring 2010.


G said...

I'm already poised daintily (NOT) on the edge of my sofa, awaiting the new series. Seriously.

Angela-la-la said...

Do you think he'll get rid of the pink references and get back to the proper business of scaring kids on a saturday evening?

Stevyn Colgan said...

Angela-la-la - you may have a point there. While I'm all for moderation and fairness, it did seem to be a constant agenda item. Now, as for Torchwood ...

The Factory said...

I just recently saw that ´Blink´episode, and thought it was the best episode they´ve done since reviving the show. If he does more like that then we´ve got a lot to look forward to. Do you think it´ll still be with Tennant though ?

Stevyn Colgan said...

'Blink' was a superb piece of drama, Dr Who or otherwise, and all the more extraordinary in that the Doctor and Martha were hardly in it. They just appeared as 'Easter eggs' in the DVDs being watched by the cast and only turned up in the flesh in the last 10 minutes. Mr Moffat is a very gifted storyteller indeed. I have high hopes.

I'm reliably informed that David Tennant is only contracted until the end of 2009 which will show four movie-length specials (as opposed to a normal series format). Quite what happens from Christmas 2009 onwards is either anyone's guess or a closely guarded secret.

And no Dr Who this week due to Eurovision!! What a staggering mistake on the BBC's part! Don't get me wrong, I love Eurovision. I think it's the year's best comedy - or was ... it's become a bit self-aware in recent years and is trying rather too hard to live up to its campy reputation - but still ... they could have at least put Dr Who on BBC2 or BBC3. Especially as it's a Steven Moffat episode.


Schedulers ... hang your heads.

The Factory said...

I've just realised with some horror, that I will have to watch Eurovision this year without the Terry Wogan commentary, and I'm not sure that's medically safe. The Spanish commentators take it all far too seriously.

As for Doctor Who, I have the sneaking suspicion that those 4 specials next year may mark some sort of climactic storyline that results in Tennant regenerating at the end. After that, I've heard David Morrissey is a warm favourite to take over, although I think someone like Stephen Fry would be great.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Interesting choices ... Morrissey would be pretty good. Mr Fry would be far too busy. And, anyway, he has all the coordination of a drunken swan walking on ice so he'd hardly be a threat to the Cybermen. At 6 feet 5 inches tall he'd also bang his head getting in and out of the TARDIS. I always rather fancied Richard E Grant in the role (shame that Paul McGann never got a real crack at it), or possibly Alexander Armstrong? My left-field choice? Vic Reeves!

Stevyn Colgan said...

Eurovision without Wogan?


My advice: (a) Find someone with SKY and watch the BBC coverage, or (b) start drinking heavily to numb the pain.

The Factory said...

No nearby ex-pats, so it´ll have to be the alcohol option, and lots of it, because Eurovision without Wogan is just, er, Eurovision. Yikes !

BTW I just saw ´The Doctor´s Daughter´ episode. Do they think we haven´t seen ´Search for Spock´?

Stevyn Colgan said...

And, to my mind, a bit of a missed opportunity. I was hoping that they'd resolve the whole William Hartnell/Susan granddaughter business.

Ah ... Star Trek 3: The Search for Plot.