History Creator / StevenMoffat

26th Apr '16 7:08:11 AM Anddrix
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* BrokenBase: Oh boy howdy does he have one.
** River Song: CanonSue or the most interesting character yet on the show?
** Clara Oswald: Boring and associated with a RomanticPlotTumor or the most brilliant idea Moffat's ever had?
** Moffat himself: Absolute legend, derivative hack, or brilliant niche writer who's out of his depth running the entire show?



* CreatorThumbprint: Only "The Empty Child", "The Doctor Dances", and "The Beast Below" ''don't'' involve the TimeyWimeyBall in some way, and of those, only "The Beast Below" doesn't have time travel integral to the plot (as opposed to just landing the TARDIS there).

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Only "The Empty Child", "The Doctor Dances", and "The Beast Below" ''don't'' involve the TimeyWimeyBall in some way, and of those, only "The Beast Below" doesn't have time travel integral to the plot (as opposed to just landing the TARDIS there).



* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances", generally considered to be the best 9th Doctor episodes, and sometimes even the best of the first three seasons of the revived series.



* LoveItOrHateIt: Like [[Creator/RussellTDavies]] before him, Moffat has amassed a substantial hatedom among Who fans. While some are [[UnpleasableFanbase unpleasable]], more reasonable anti-fans of Moffat point out his tendency to treat major female characters as snarky [[TheChosenOne cosmic keystones]] rather than people (Clara Oswald especially has generated a lot of controversy, as has River Song) and the [[{{Narm}} poor quality]] of many episodes in [[Sequelitis more recent]] [[SeasonalRot seasons]] as evidence that he's outside the bounds of his skill set as showrunner.
** However, most anti-fans of Moffat will gladly admit that there's no better writer for a malfunctioning-robot story.



* OfficialFanSubmittedContent: Aside from the typical contests from the likes of ''Blue Peter'' that surround ''Doctor Who,'' there has been some ''un''official fan content. Fans will occasionally ask him a question at a convention or on Twitter, and he'll express some genuine interest in trying to put the answer into the show. He's said he tried to work in an explanation to a question about Weeping Angels and mirrors, but it was cut (although "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor The Time of The Doctor]]" does have a brief reference to the idea that the concept works). Similarly, a fan asked if a pregnant Time Lady's unborn baby would regenerate if she has to regenerate, and it really seemed to pique his interest.
* OneOfUs: Freely admits he first petitioned for the job of ''Doctor Who'' showrunner when he was ''7'' and jokes that his entire writing career has merely been a clever ploy to get there. He's also a huge proponent of fanart and fanfiction ("or as it should be called, ‘Fiction’"), openly encourages slashfic writers because turning people on with words is awesome, and indulges in writing CrackFic ''for his own shows'' with much glee.
* PromotedFanboy
* SignatureStyle: Most of his episodes are more psychologically scary, leaving you cowering behind the couch despite a body count of zero. He tends to invoke the UncannyValley quite often. His monsters involve masks (Clockwork Men, Empty Child) and statues/mannequins (Weeping Angels, Smilers).

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* OfficialFanSubmittedContent: Aside from the typical contests from the likes of ''Blue Peter'' that surround ''Doctor Who,'' there has been some ''un''official fan content. Fans will occasionally ask him a question at a convention or on Twitter, and he'll express some genuine interest in trying to put the answer into the show. He's said he tried to work in an explanation to a question about Weeping Angels and mirrors, but it was cut (although "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor The Time of The Doctor]]" does have a brief reference to the idea that the concept works). Similarly, a fan asked if a pregnant Time Lady's unborn baby would regenerate if she has to regenerate, and it really seemed to pique his interest.
* OneOfUs: Freely admits he first petitioned for the job of ''Doctor Who'' showrunner when he was ''7'' and jokes that his entire writing career has merely been a clever ploy to get there. He's also a huge proponent of fanart and fanfiction ("or as it should be called, ‘Fiction’"), openly encourages slashfic writers because turning people on with words is awesome, and indulges in writing CrackFic ''for his own shows'' with much glee.
* PromotedFanboy
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Most of his episodes are more psychologically scary, leaving you cowering behind the couch despite a body count of zero. He tends to invoke the UncannyValley quite often. His monsters involve masks (Clockwork Men, Empty Child) and statues/mannequins (Weeping Angels, Smilers).



* TrollingCreator: He seems to enjoy inflicting the ComedicSociopathy version of this on his characters and his fans. In fact, in Twitter posts he even admitted he took sadistic pleasure in making Rory TheChewToy. And then there's the massive ShipTease RedHerring in series 6, involving the Doctor, Amy, Rory, River, the TARDIS, a baby, and one hell of a TimeyWimeyBall.
** Realizing that River Song is a polarizing to some fans, he and Creator/NeilGaiman gleefully announced an episode titled "The Doctor's Wife". The section of the fandom that didn't like River went berserk...and River did not appear in the episode. [[spoiler:And then he married them at the end of the series]].
** He also loves to [[LyingCreator straight-up lie]] about his plans for the show. Reached epic heights with [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor the 50th anniversary]], which he claimed [[spoiler:would feature no classic Doctors, did not involve Tom Baker in any way, wouldn't provide any peeks at Peter Capaldi's upcoming incarnation of the Doctor, and wouldn't really involve much if any of the show's canon from before 2005. The climax of the episode was a scene of every single Doctor, even Capaldi, working together to save the Time Lords and Gallifrey, thereby restoring one of the biggest parts of Classic Who's canon that the new series changed, followed by a heartwarming cameo by Tom Baker]]. Well played.
** He's also fandom-savvy enough ([[PromotedFanboy he's been at it long enough, after all]]) to know ''exactly'' the right things to say and do to whip his substantial HateDumb up into a lather, which he does with some regularity. Predicting what he'll be bashed for this week makes for an entertaining spectator sport.



* WordOfGay: Has stated that River is bi and that the Doctor has no real concept of human sexual preference for one gender over another. Both were hinted at in his stories, but only became explicit on his Twitter.

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* WordOfGay: Has stated that River is bi and that the Doctor has no real concept of human sexual preference for one gender over another. Both were hinted at in his stories, but only became explicit on his Twitter.



* CreatorCouple: His wife, Sue Vertue, has co-produced several of his shows, including ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' and ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''.



* FanCommunityNicknames: His fans have taken to calling themselves "Moffat Masochists" with good reason.
* FanNickname: Otherwise known as "The Moff", "The [[Franchise/StarWars Grand Moff]]" and the "[[NightmareFuel/DoctorWho King of Nightmares]]".



* LastNameBasis: He's noticed that fans frequently refer to him as merely "Moffat", with some confusion (he blames Creator/MattSmith for starting the whole thing). He then snarked, since Creator/JennaColeman dropped the "Louise" out of her name after the end of series 7, he was going to take a page from her, and would now call himself "Steven Fat".
* LyingCreator: Rule Zero: Moffat Lies (after the well-known "Rule One: The Doctor lies"). ''Self-admitted''; in an interview on about the fiftieth anniversary special, he said, "Normally I am responsible for the disinformation and the rubbish rumors--I usually put them out myself, but I haven't needed to for this one." (And he was lying about this too; he was personally responsible for some of the misinformation about the fiftieth).
** It happened again with the 2016 Sherlock New Year's special. [[spoiler:He'd flat-out stated it was a Victorian "alternate universe" setting that had nothing to do with the main series' continuity. The Victorian part turned out to be accurate, but the {{Mind Screw}}y ending showed either that the entire Victorian storyline was a drug-induced hallucination of modern-day Sherlock's, or that the entire modern-day series is a drug-induced hallucination of Victorian Sherlock's. Intriguingly, the episode could support either interpretation. In any case, the episode is a direct sequel to the series 3 finale, "His Last Vow", and the end of that episode becomes a plot point for the special.]]
* MathematiciansAnswer:
** So, what does he like better, [[http://twitter.com/#!/steven_moffat/status/87486063911763968 Doctor Who or Sherlock]]?
** And again, the ''Doctor Who'' episode [[http://twitter.com/#!/steven_moffat/status/108824874016976896 City of Death or Kinda]]?



* SignatureStyle: Most things he's written will have a "Jeff" and/or a "Sally" appear at some point.

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Most things he's written will have a "Jeff" and/or a "Sally" appear at some point.



* SpiritualAntithesis: In a few interviews, he has said that he considers ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' to be this to his tenure on ''Series/DoctorWho'', with his take on ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' essentially a dark {{Foil}} of the Doctor. ''Doctor Who'' is about an immortal alien time traveler's relationships with his beloved friends who keep him "down to Earth", whereas ''Sherlock'' is about a human detective who shuns emotions and friendly relationships. Where the Doctor is an omnipotent being who's afraid of losing touch with his "human" side, Sherlock Holmes is an ordinary human who wants to prove to the world that he's something better than human, or, as Steven himself put it, "The Doctor is an angel who wants to be human; Sherlock is a human who wants to be a god."
** Tonally, they're also complete inversions of one another: ''Doctor Who'' is a whimsical, light-hearted science-fiction series that's known for its dark undertones, and ''Sherlock'' is a gritty crime saga that's known for its whimsical undertones.
* TeasingCreator: He routinely and openly admits to lying about his shows, encourages preview guests to give out fake spoilers, and is generally good at gleefully trolling the fandoms.
** He also encourages fans to speculate on their own because if they have a good idea it makes his job much easier.

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* SpiritualAntithesis: In a few interviews, he has said that he considers ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' to be this to his tenure on ''Series/DoctorWho'', with his take on ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' essentially a dark {{Foil}} of the Doctor. ''Doctor Who'' is about an immortal alien time traveler's relationships with his beloved friends who keep him "down to Earth", whereas ''Sherlock'' is about a human detective who shuns emotions and friendly relationships. Where the Doctor is an omnipotent being who's afraid of losing touch with his "human" side, Sherlock Holmes is an ordinary human who wants to prove to the world that he's something better than human, or, as Steven himself put it, "The Doctor is an angel who wants to be human; Sherlock is a human who wants to be a god."
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Tonally, they're also complete inversions of one another: ''Doctor Who'' is a whimsical, light-hearted science-fiction series that's known for its dark undertones, and ''Sherlock'' is a gritty crime saga that's known for its whimsical undertones.
* TeasingCreator: He routinely and openly admits to lying about his shows, encourages preview guests to give out fake spoilers, and is generally good at gleefully trolling the fandoms.
** He also encourages fans to speculate on their own because if they have a good idea it makes his job much easier.
undertones.
26th Apr '16 6:53:31 AM Worffan101
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* BrokenBase: Oh boy howdy does he have one.
** River Song: CanonSue or the most interesting character yet on the show?
** Clara Oswald: Boring and associated with a RomanticPlotTumor or the most brilliant idea Moffat's ever had?
** Moffat himself: Absolute legend, derivative hack, or brilliant niche writer who's out of his depth running the entire show?


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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances", generally considered to be the best 9th Doctor episodes, and sometimes even the best of the first three seasons of the revived series.


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* LoveItOrHateIt: Like [[Creator/RussellTDavies]] before him, Moffat has amassed a substantial hatedom among Who fans. While some are [[UnpleasableFanbase unpleasable]], more reasonable anti-fans of Moffat point out his tendency to treat major female characters as snarky [[TheChosenOne cosmic keystones]] rather than people (Clara Oswald especially has generated a lot of controversy, as has River Song) and the [[{{Narm}} poor quality]] of many episodes in [[Sequelitis more recent]] [[SeasonalRot seasons]] as evidence that he's outside the bounds of his skill set as showrunner.
** However, most anti-fans of Moffat will gladly admit that there's no better writer for a malfunctioning-robot story.
28th Feb '16 3:25:40 PM Kitchen90
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin: The Secret of the Unicorn'' (feature film, co-written with Creator/EdgarWright and Joe Cornish, 2011)

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin: The Secret of the Unicorn'' (feature film, co-written with Creator/EdgarWright and Joe Cornish, Creator/JoeCornish, 2011)
23rd Feb '16 9:57:24 AM HowlingSnail
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He also eventually replaced Creator/RussellTDavies as the head writer and executive producer of ''Doctor Who'', starting with Creator/MattSmith's first scene at the end of the 2010 episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]. He's unabashedly OneOfUs and loves {{shipping}}. Upon becoming executive producer, he mentioned that he'd applied for the job once before, but "Creator/TheBBC already had someone else in mind...also, [[PromotedFanboy I was seven at the time]]". As such, he is fonder than even [[Creator/RussellTDavies his predecessor]] of {{Continuity Nod}}s to classic ''Doctor Who'', sometimes reaching the level of ContinuityPorn.

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He also eventually replaced Creator/RussellTDavies as the head writer and executive producer of ''Doctor Who'', starting with Creator/MattSmith's first scene at the end of the 2010 episode 2009/2010 story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]. He's unabashedly OneOfUs and loves {{shipping}}. Upon becoming executive producer, he mentioned that he'd applied for the job once before, but "Creator/TheBBC already had someone else in mind...also, [[PromotedFanboy I was seven at the time]]". As such, he is fonder than even [[Creator/RussellTDavies his predecessor]] of {{Continuity Nod}}s to classic ''Doctor Who'', sometimes reaching the level of ContinuityPorn.



He's known to prefer [[HandWave Timey-Wimey]] explanations to TechnoBabble, gleefully uses StableTimeLoop and TemporalParadox plots, and plays the LongGame when it comes to dramatic tension: he intentionally planted seeds in ''Doctor Who'' back in '''2006''' that didn't ''begin'' to get resolved until the '''2013 season finale'''. He's also fond of esoteric plotting and going beyond the traditional boundaries of the franchise and television as a whole.

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He's known to prefer [[HandWave Timey-Wimey]] explanations to TechnoBabble, gleefully uses StableTimeLoop and TemporalParadox plots, and plays the LongGame when it comes to dramatic tension: he intentionally planted seeds in ''Doctor Who'' back in '''2006''' that didn't ''begin'' to get resolved until the '''2013 season series finale'''. He's also fond of esoteric plotting and going beyond the traditional boundaries of the franchise and television as a whole.



It has been confirmed that he will step down as showrunner after Season 10 and will be replaced by Creator/ChrisChibnall.

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It has been confirmed that he will step down as showrunner after Season Series 10 and will be replaced by Creator/ChrisChibnall.



** Realizing that River Song is a polarizing to some fans, he and Creator/NeilGaiman gleefully announced an episode titled "The Doctor's Wife". The section of the fandom that didn't like River went berserk...and River did not appear in the episode. [[spoiler:And then he married them at the end of the season]].

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** Realizing that River Song is a polarizing to some fans, he and Creator/NeilGaiman gleefully announced an episode titled "The Doctor's Wife". The section of the fandom that didn't like River went berserk...and River did not appear in the episode. [[spoiler:And then he married them at the end of the season]].series]].
13th Feb '16 12:34:08 AM celeste3xa
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' (51 episodes [[note]]6 episodes written, 21 episodes written/produced, 24 episodes produced only[[/note]]; writer 2005-present; producer 2010-present)

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' (51 episodes [[note]]6 episodes written, 21 episodes written/produced, 24 episodes produced only[[/note]]; writer 2005-present; producer 2010-present)2010-2016)
4th Feb '16 2:09:49 PM Darth_Rasputin32898
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'''Steven Moffat''', OBE is an award-winning writer and executive producer known for his work on ''Series/PressGang'', ''Series/{{Coupling}}'', ''Series/{{Jekyll}}'', ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', and ''Series/DoctorWho''.

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'''Steven Moffat''', OBE OBE, is an award-winning writer and executive producer known for his work on ''Series/PressGang'', ''Series/{{Coupling}}'', ''Series/{{Jekyll}}'', ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', and ''Series/DoctorWho''.
24th Jan '16 4:19:37 PM JamesAustin
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* LastNameBasis: He's noticed that fans frequently refer to him as merely "Moffat", with some confusion (he blames [[Creator/MattSmith Matt]] for starting the whole thing). He then snarked, since Creator/JennaColeman dropped the "Louise" out of her name after the end of series 7, he was going to take a page from her, and would now call himself "Steven Fat".

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* LastNameBasis: He's noticed that fans frequently refer to him as merely "Moffat", with some confusion (he blames [[Creator/MattSmith Matt]] Creator/MattSmith for starting the whole thing). He then snarked, since Creator/JennaColeman dropped the "Louise" out of her name after the end of series 7, he was going to take a page from her, and would now call himself "Steven Fat".
22nd Jan '16 2:50:50 PM SilentHunterUK
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It has been confirmed that he will step down as showrunner after Season 10 and will be replaced by Creator/ChrisChibnall.
2nd Jan '16 3:49:24 PM CassandraLeo
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* LastNameBasis: He's noticed that fans frequently refer to him as merely "Moffat", with some confusion (he blames [[Creator/MattSmith Matt]] for starting the whole thing). He then snarked, since Creator/JennaColeman dropped the "Louise" out of her name after the end of series 7, he was going to take a page from her, and would now call himself "Steven Fat".



* LastNameBasis: He's noticed that fans frequently refer to him as merely "Moffat", with some confusion (he blames [[Creator/MattSmith Matt]] for starting the whole thing). He then snarked, since Creator/JennaColeman dropped the "Louise" out of her name after the end of series 7, he was going to take a page from her, and would now call himself "Steven Fat".

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* LastNameBasis: He's noticed ** It happened again with the 2016 Sherlock New Year's special. [[spoiler:He'd flat-out stated it was a Victorian "alternate universe" setting that fans frequently refer had nothing to him as merely "Moffat", do with some confusion (he blames [[Creator/MattSmith Matt]] for starting the whole thing). He then snarked, since Creator/JennaColeman dropped main series' continuity. The Victorian part turned out to be accurate, but the "Louise" out {{Mind Screw}}y ending showed either that the entire Victorian storyline was a drug-induced hallucination of her name after modern-day Sherlock's, or that the entire modern-day series is a drug-induced hallucination of Victorian Sherlock's. Intriguingly, the episode could support either interpretation. In any case, the episode is a direct sequel to the series 3 finale, "His Last Vow", and the end of series 7, he was going to take that episode becomes a page from her, and would now call himself "Steven Fat".plot point for the special.]]
23rd Nov '15 2:23:01 PM SilentHunterUK
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In fact, he has now written more TV ''Doctor Who'' than any other writer, including the late Creator/RobertHolmes.
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