Award-winning writer and current Doctor Who show runner Steven Moffat is to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). The graduation ceremony will take place in Moffat’s home town of Paisley on the 5th July.
On this new honour, Moffat says. “It’s always a joy to go home – but to go back to Paisley to receive a doctorate feels like I finally made it. I feel very honoured and more importantly very happy.”
Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland, adds: “Steven is quite simply one of the country’s greatest screenwriters and through his work on both the small and big screen he has brought joy to millions of viewers worldwide.
“He is a further example of success from our wonderful town of Paisley in a long line of truly successful people brought up in the town. Steven is great role model for anyone, not just our students, and demonstrates that your path in life will be determined by your own passion for the things you believe in and that anyone can have success if they work hard.
This Doctorate is another recognition of Moffat’s years of dedication. He already has numerous awards to his name among them an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), Nebula and Hugo Awards and BAFTA’s.
He began writing for television with the widely-acclaimed Press Gang and later created Joking Apart and Chalk. When Doctor Who came back to television in 2005, it was Moffat’s writing that helped re-introduce the Doctor to an adoring public. By 2010, Moffat was in charge of Doctor Who and had reimagined Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed detective stories as Sherlock with Mark Gatiss.
Over the years, Moffat has written some of the most beloved Doctor Who episodes of all time. While The Empty Child and The Girl in the Fireplace were masterpieces, Blink, the indelible story of Sally Sparrow (Carey Mulligan) and the Weeping Angels, is perhaps his most revered work.
Doctor Who is currently filming its tenth series and the last for Moffat before he hands the reins to Chris Chibnall, creator and writer of Broadchurch, currently filming it’s third and final series.
(Source: The Paisley Gazette)