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Steven Moffat to take over ‘Doctor Who’ from Russell Davies

I know, I know, I know! I’ve been hearing this from all angles today: Steven Moffat is taking over the helm of Doctor Who from Russell Davies for Season 5, which will air in Spring 2010. Very cool news indeed, as the official BBC Doctor Who site notes:

Moffat has penned some of the series’ most unforgettable and acclaimed episodes – including Blink with its terrifying Weeping Angels, for which he was awarded the Bafta Writer Award 2008 on Sunday 11th May. His previous work on Doctor Who includes The Girl in the Fireplace for Series Two, which earned him his second Hugo Award.
His first was for the Series One two-parter The Empty Child, which became famous for its terrifying refrain ‘Are you my mummy?’

And I didn’t know this about Moffat:

He has just delivered the screenplay for Tintin, the first instalment of the trilogy of films featuring the iconic Belgian comic-strip hero, to Steven Spielberg who will direct it for DreamWorks. Thomas Sangster and Andy Serkis will star.

Wow.

And look: Moffat’s brilliant even when he’s writing his own dialogue:

“My entire career has been a Secret Plan to get this job,” said Steven Moffat. “I applied before but I got knocked back cos the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven.”

Steven, if you need a new writer… [raises hand]

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