Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 ‘Access All Areas’ Doctor Who special featured an interview with outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat who talked about his time on the programme and his love of Peter Capaldi

Recorded on location during the final days of filming, Jo Whiley’s Access All Areas programme featured interviews with the cast and crew of Doctor Who, including showrunner Steven Moffat, Pearl Mackie, David Bradley and Peter Capaldi himself.

In an on-set interview, Moffat talked candidly about his time on the programme coming to an end and his love of Peter Capaldi, including the way that the actor can ‘just think at the lens’ when filming Doctor Who.

The Moff, as we sometimes like to call him, discussed the conversation with Capaldi that resulted in him bringing in David Bradley to play the First Doctor in this year’s Christmas special Twice Upon A Time.  Also of interest is his take on the episode’s storyline where the Twelfth Doctor has to persuade his first incarnation to regenerate – sonic specs and all.

Of particular interest was Moffat’s discussion about how he came up with the idea of ‘time dilation’ in the World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls double bill featuring the return of John Simm as The Master and the horrifying Mondasian Cybermen.

There is an insight into the running of those two mighty television juggernauts – Doctor Who and Sherlock – and the demands that this places on Moffat as well as what Moff would leave on a Post-It note for new showrunner Chris Chibnall.

Moffat ends by telling us what his favourite Doctor Who music is and what makes it so extraordinary. This is a man, let’s not forget, who is a fan of Doctor Who as well as its writer and showrunner.  His love of the programme and of Capaldi are writ large. Oh, Moff, we feel like we’re missing you already.

Jo While’s Access All Areas Doctor Who special is available on the BBC iPlayer for the next four weeks.

Doctor Who will return to BBC One in Twice Upon A Time on Christmas Day at 5:30pm.


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