Today we celebrate the man behind the imagination that unleashed the Weeping Angels upon the world. Happy Birthday to outgoing Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat!
The acclaimed and accomplished Scottish writer turns 56 today. His first TV work was teen drama series Press Gang, but he truly made a name for himself writing sitcoms. Among his early comedy work are Joking Apart, Coupling and Chalk. That would only be the beginning of his career, however. A long-time Doctor Who fan, Moffat wrote The Curse of Fatal Death for Comic Relief in 1999. With Rowan Atkinson as the “Ninth Doctor”, the short episode was a hilarious spin on the sci-fi series.
Moffat would come back to write more ‘seriously’ for Doctor Who went it returned in 2005. During Russell T Davies’ tenure as showrunner, Moffat produced six critically acclaimed episodes. These include The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, The Girl in the Fireplace and Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead. His most famous work though is Series 3’s Blink, which first introduced the Weeping Angels. A modern Who monster for the ages if ever there was one.
In 2010, Moffat took over as showrunner and has stayed in command for the last six series. His era welcomed in Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and lots of timey-wimey adventures. Later, he would also introduce Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi who will bow out with him this Christmas in Twice Upon a Time. Some of the highlights from Moffat’s era have included The Eleventh Hour, Listen, Heaven Sent and World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls. Notably, he also oversaw the show’s 50th-anniversary celebrations. The Day of the Doctor remains one of the biggest and most successful episodes of the show to date.
Elsewhere, Moffat is well-known for co-writing Sherlock with Mark Gatiss. How lucky to have two hugely successful shows at once! Moffat’s next job after leaving the Whoniverse is believed to be Dracula, which will again be co-written with Gatiss. To date, Moffat has won two Emmy awards, five BAFTAs, and four Hugo awards. He mainly has Doctor Who and Sherlock to thank for them. He also co-wrote Steven Spielberg’s 2011 The Adventures of Tintin movie.
Steven Moffat may be stepping down soon to make way for Chris Chibnall, but the impact he has left is undeniable. Under his stewardship since 2010, Doctor Who has become bigger and more global than ever before.