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** Themes of love and hope are a cornerstone of Moffat's stories, especially with his finales. Bonus points if this involves the Doctor and his companion. * DistractedByMyOwnSexy[=/=]ScrewYourself: A bit of a running gag, combined with time travel. It's used sparingly, but pops up in "Space"/"Time" and some other stories. The ScrewYourself trope is, of course, not used ''explicitly'', since ''Doctor Who'' is a family show, but he did once write a Master-on-Master CrackFic as a joke--in which the Delgado and Gomez incarnations ended up bangin'.

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** Themes of love and hope are a cornerstone of Moffat's stories, especially with his finales. Bonus points if this involves the Doctor and his companion.
* DistractedByMyOwnSexy[=/=]ScrewYourself: A bit of a running gag, combined with time travel. It's used sparingly, but pops up in "Space"/"Time" and some other stories. The ScrewYourself trope is, of course, not used ''explicitly'', since ''Doctor Who'' is a family show, but he did once write a Master-on-Master CrackFic as a joke--in which the Delgado and Gomez incarnations ended up bangin'.


* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Seemingly one of his favorite pastimes, with spit-take inducing results:
-->'''Doctor:''' Shout if you get in trouble.
-->'''River:''' Don't worry, I'm [[TheImmodestOrgasm quite the screamer]]. Now ''there's'' a spoiler for you...

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%% * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Seemingly one of his favorite pastimes, with spit-take inducing results:
-->'''Doctor:''' Shout if
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-->'''River:''' Don't worry, I'm [[TheImmodestOrgasm quite
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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 series 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 series finale'''. [[note]]That is, the mystery surrounding the Doctor's real name.[[/note]] He's also fond of esoteric plotting and going beyond the traditional boundaries of the franchise and television as a whole.


* TheBlank: Monsters that are missing all, or at least most, facial features keep cropping up in his tenure. The Silents have only eyes (until they go into "attack mode" and open their hidden mouths). The Whisper Men only have mouths. Underneath their masks the Clockwork Droids have human-shaped heads but only gears and mechanical parts, no faces, and the Handbots have simple white, featureless heads, and use their hands to sense (Amy even draws a face onto one!)

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* TheBlank: Monsters that are missing all, or at least most, facial features keep cropping up in his tenure.episodes and during his showrunner years. The Silents have only eyes (until they go into "attack mode" and open their hidden mouths). The Whisper Men only have mouths. Underneath their masks the Clockwork Droids have human-shaped heads but only gears and mechanical parts, no faces, and the Handbots have simple white, featureless heads, and use their hands to sense (Amy even draws a face onto one!)


* BadassInANiceSuit[=/=]SharpDressedMan: In his run, this often applies to the Doctors (which is par for the course at this point in the show) and the monsters (which is much less so.) Eleven is almost always wearing high-class, old-fashioned clothing, and Twelve frequently does as well (particularly early on in his era), in contrast to the more down-to-earth clothing of their [[Characters/DoctorWhoNinthDoctor two]] [[Characters/DoctorWhoTenthDoctor predecessors]]. His villains and monsters, such as the Clockwork Droids, the Silence, the Whisper Men, and Missy, also wear ornate clothing.

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* BadassInANiceSuit[=/=]SharpDressedMan: In his run, this often applies to the Doctors (which is par for the course at this point in the show) and the monsters (which is much less so.) Eleven is almost always wearing high-class, old-fashioned clothing, and Twelve frequently does as well (particularly early on in his era), in contrast to the more down-to-earth clothing of their [[Characters/DoctorWhoNinthDoctor two]] [[Characters/DoctorWhoTenthDoctor predecessors]]. His villains and monsters, such as the Clockwork Droids, the Silence, Walter Simeon and the Whisper Men, and Missy, also wear ornate clothing.


* TheBlank: Monsters that are missing all, or at least most, facial features keep cropping up in his tenure. The Silents have only eyes (until they go into "attack mode" and open their hidden mouths), the Whisper Men only have mouths, underneath their masks the Clockwork Droids have human-shaped heads but only gears and mechanical parts, no faces, and the Handbots have simple white, featureless heads, and use their hands to sense (Amy even draws a face onto one!)

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* TheBlank: Monsters that are missing all, or at least most, facial features keep cropping up in his tenure. The Silents have only eyes (until they go into "attack mode" and open their hidden mouths), the mouths). The Whisper Men only have mouths, underneath mouths. Underneath their masks the Clockwork Droids have human-shaped heads but only gears and mechanical parts, no faces, and the Handbots have simple white, featureless heads, and use their hands to sense (Amy even draws a face onto one!)

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* TheBlank: Monsters that are missing all, or at least most, facial features keep cropping up in his tenure. The Silents have only eyes (until they go into "attack mode" and open their hidden mouths), the Whisper Men only have mouths, underneath their masks the Clockwork Droids have human-shaped heads but only gears and mechanical parts, no faces, and the Handbots have simple white, featureless heads, and use their hands to sense (Amy even draws a face onto one!)

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* BadassInANiceSuit[=/=]SharpDressedMan: In his run, this often applies to the Doctors (which is par for the course at this point in the show) and the monsters (which is much less so.) Eleven is almost always wearing high-class, old-fashioned clothing, and Twelve frequently does as well (particularly early on in his era), in contrast to the more down-to-earth clothing of their [[Characters/DoctorWhoNinthDoctor two]] [[Characters/DoctorWhoTenthDoctor predecessors]]. His villains and monsters, such as the Clockwork Droids, the Silence, the Whisper Men, and Missy, also wear ornate clothing.


** Themes of love and hope are a cornerstone of Moffat's stories, especially with his finales. Bonus points if this involves the Doctor and his companion.
* DistractedByMyOwnSexy[=/=]ScrewYourself: A bit of a running gag, combined with time travel. It's used sparingly, but pops up in "Space"/"Time" and some other stories. The ScrewYourself trope is, of course, not used ''explicitly'', since ''Doctor Who'' is a family show, but he did once write a Master-on-Master CrackFic as a joke--in which the Delgado and Gomez incarnations ended up bangin'.

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** Themes of love and hope are a cornerstone of Moffat's stories, especially with his finales. Bonus points if this involves the Doctor and his companion. \n * DistractedByMyOwnSexy[=/=]ScrewYourself: A bit of a running gag, combined with time travel. It's used sparingly, but pops up in "Space"/"Time" and some other stories. The ScrewYourself trope is, of course, not used ''explicitly'', since ''Doctor Who'' is a family show, but he did once write a Master-on-Master CrackFic as a joke--in which the Delgado and Gomez incarnations ended up bangin'.bangin'.
* DemBones: Skeletons and skulls show up in a few many stories by him. The Vashta Nerada strip their victims to the bone and then walk their skeletons around in their spacesuits. A couple different stories by him have revealed Cybermen to have human skeletons underneath their metallic casing. When the Doctor goes to visit the preserved head of Dorium Maldavar, the Seventh Transept is full of vicious, biting skulls. And in the web short ''The Last Day'', the Time Lord POV character has a brief vision of himself as nothing but a skull in his helmet (possibly a reference to the Vashta Nerada


* EverybodyLives: The Ninth Doctor might have coined the phrase but Moffat practically shouts this at the end of every episode. Unlike Davies who is very keen on death, he can't bear to lose even a single character. He even brought back Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) ''and'' the fake Osgood.

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* EverybodyLives: The Ninth Doctor might have coined the phrase but Moffat practically shouts this at the end of every episode. Unlike Davies who is very keen on death, he can't bear to lose even a single character. He even brought back Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) (Creator/IngridOliver) ''and'' the fake Osgood.

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He may be an EvilOverlord. We're not sure and, for his part, he's stayed numb on the matter.


Initially becoming involved with ''Doctor Who'' writing the 1996 Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse short story "Literature/ContinuityErrors" and later the 1999 parody episode ''Recap/DoctorWhoTheCurseOfFatalDeath'', he has gone on to be one of the most critically hailed writers involved in the franchise. In 1999, he was one of the writers asked to contribute for AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho, but dropped out because he was only interested in writing for Eighth Doctor Creator/PaulMcGann--who, at that point, hadn't signed for Creator/BigFinish yet. Moffat has since written a short story for one of Creator/BigFinish’s Franchise/BerniceSummerfield anthologies as well as a [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]]-produced short episode in 2013, "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Night of the Doctor]]", which starred [=McGann=] as the Eighth Doctor.

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Initially becoming involved with ''Doctor Who'' writing the 1996 Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse short story "Literature/ContinuityErrors" and later the 1999 parody episode ''Recap/DoctorWhoTheCurseOfFatalDeath'', he has gone on to be one of the most critically hailed writers involved in the franchise. In 1999, he was one of the writers asked to contribute for AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho, but dropped out because he was only interested in writing for Eighth Doctor Creator/PaulMcGann--who, Creator/PaulMcGann-- who, at that point, hadn't signed for Creator/BigFinish yet. Moffat has since written a short story for one of Creator/BigFinish’s Franchise/BerniceSummerfield anthologies as well as a [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]]-produced short episode in 2013, "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Night of the Doctor]]", which starred [=McGann=] as the Eighth Doctor.



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 2009/2010 story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]] and ending with the final Creator/PeterCapaldi story, 2017's "[[Recap/DoctorWho2017CSTwiceUponATime Twice Upon a Time]]", which the next head writer Creator/ChrisChibnall wrote the first scene for Capaldi's successor Creator/JodieWhittaker. He's unabashedly JustForFun/OneOfUs and loves {{shipping}}. Upon becoming executive producer, he mentioned that he'd applied for the job once before, but "The BBC 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 In 2010, he 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 2009/2010 story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]] and ending with the final Creator/PeterCapaldi story, 2017's "[[Recap/DoctorWho2017CSTwiceUponATime Twice Upon a Time]]", which the next head writer Creator/ChrisChibnall wrote the first scene for Capaldi's successor Creator/JodieWhittaker. He's Interestingly, Moffat ended up being the first ''straight'' creative director for the series since producer Graham Williams stepped down in 1980, thirty years prior; Williams' successor Creator/JohnNathanTurner (who produced the show during the final decade of the classic series) and Moffat's predecessor Davies (who was the head writer during the first five years of the revival series) were both openly gay.

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unabashedly JustForFun/OneOfUs and loves {{shipping}}. Upon becoming executive producer, producer of ''Doctor Who'', he mentioned that he'd applied for the job once before, but "The BBC 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 the classic ''Doctor Who'', series, sometimes reaching the level of ContinuityPorn.
ContinuityPorn. Chibnall, by comparison, would dial much of this back once he took over Moffat's position, with his tenure being something of a combination of the newcomer-friendliness of Davies' tenure and the socially conscious themes of the classic series's final two seasons.



In fact, he has written more TV ''Doctor Who'' than any other writer, including the late Creator/RobertHolmes.

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In fact, he has written more TV ''Doctor Who'' than any other writer, including the late Creator/RobertHolmes.
Creator/RobertHolmes; like Holmes, many of Moffat's stories were responsible for introducing significant and sometimes controversial character and lore elements to the show that would have a major impact on its direction in the years ahead, for better or for worse.


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Initially becoming involved with ''Doctor Who'' writing the 1996 Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse short story "Literature/ContinuityErrors" and later the 1999 parody episode ''Recap/DoctorWhoTheCurseOfFatalDeath'', he has gone on to be one of the most critically hailed writers involved in the franchise. In 1999, he was one of the writers asked to contribute for AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho, but dropped out because he was only interested in writing for Eighth Doctor Creator/PaulMcGann--who, at that point, hadn't signed for Creator/BigFinish yet. Moffat has since written a short story for one of Creator/BigFinish’s Franchise/BerniceSummerfield anthologies as well as a [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]]-produced short episode in 2013, "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Night of the Doctor]]", which starred McGann as the Eighth Doctor.

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Initially becoming involved with ''Doctor Who'' writing the 1996 Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse short story "Literature/ContinuityErrors" and later the 1999 parody episode ''Recap/DoctorWhoTheCurseOfFatalDeath'', he has gone on to be one of the most critically hailed writers involved in the franchise. In 1999, he was one of the writers asked to contribute for AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho, but dropped out because he was only interested in writing for Eighth Doctor Creator/PaulMcGann--who, at that point, hadn't signed for Creator/BigFinish yet. Moffat has since written a short story for one of Creator/BigFinish’s Franchise/BerniceSummerfield anthologies as well as a [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]]-produced short episode in 2013, "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Night of the Doctor]]", which starred McGann [=McGann=] as the Eighth Doctor.


Initially becoming involved with ''Doctor Who'' writing the 1996 Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse short story "Literature/ContinuityErrors" and later the 1999 parody episode ''Recap/DoctorWhoTheCurseOfFatalDeath'', he has gone on to be one of the most critically hailed writers involved in the franchise. In 1999, he was one of the writers asked to contribute for AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho, but dropped out because he was only interested in writing for Eighth Doctor Creator/PaulMcGann--who, at that point, hadn't signed for Creator/BigFinish yet. Moffat has since written a short story for one of Creator/BigFinish’s Franchise/BerniceSummerfield anthologies.

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Initially becoming involved with ''Doctor Who'' writing the 1996 Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse short story "Literature/ContinuityErrors" and later the 1999 parody episode ''Recap/DoctorWhoTheCurseOfFatalDeath'', he has gone on to be one of the most critically hailed writers involved in the franchise. In 1999, he was one of the writers asked to contribute for AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho, but dropped out because he was only interested in writing for Eighth Doctor Creator/PaulMcGann--who, at that point, hadn't signed for Creator/BigFinish yet. Moffat has since written a short story for one of Creator/BigFinish’s Franchise/BerniceSummerfield anthologies.
anthologies as well as a [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]]-produced short episode in 2013, "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Night of the Doctor]]", which starred McGann as the Eighth Doctor.



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 2009/2010 story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]] and ending with. He stepped down as showrunner after Series 10 in 2017, replaced by Creator/ChrisChibnall. He's unabashedly JustForFun/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 2009/2010 story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]] and ending with. He stepped down as showrunner after Series 10 in 2017, replaced by Creator/ChrisChibnall.with the final Creator/PeterCapaldi story, 2017's "[[Recap/DoctorWho2017CSTwiceUponATime Twice Upon a Time]]", which the next head writer Creator/ChrisChibnall wrote the first scene for Capaldi's successor Creator/JodieWhittaker. He's unabashedly JustForFun/OneOfUs and loves {{shipping}}. Upon becoming executive producer, he mentioned that he'd applied for the job once before, but "Creator/TheBBC "The BBC 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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