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‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: Steven Moffat is a teasy bastard

Doctor Who honcho and god-in-charge Steven Moffat talks to Digital Spy, wherein he is mean and horrible and tries to make us all feel really really bad about the Doctor and life and the universe and everything. Choice excerpts (which may include spoilers for those not caught up to “The Pandorica Opens”):

Episode twelve ended with an almighty trio of cliffhangers. Can you tell us anything at all about episode 13?
“Well, there’s going to be some light music and a short note of apology saying, ‘The universe ended last week, we’re really sorry, we don’t know what you’re doing here, didn’t you get the message?'”

Does the series wrap things up with a neat resolve in time for the Christmas special?
“Well we blew up the universe, so it’ll be a nice flashback episode at Christmas.”

Will there be any kind of trailer for the Christmas special after the episode?
“After the 50 minutes of gentle music and weeping apology? Nope. The universe has ended.”

And you definitely can’t tell us anything about episode 13?
“The universe has ended, mate, he’s dead. The Doctor is in the Pandorica, there’s this little voice saying: ‘Hello, that was a big bang wasn’t it? Oh, something happened out there?'”

Thanks for your time, Steven.
“I hope you enjoy it, it’s the maddest thing you’ll ever see.”


Is it Saturday yet? No, wait: I don’t wait it to be Saturday yet, cuz that will mean we won’t have any new Doctor Who till Christmas.

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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  • Erik

    To paraphrase you, I have a man crush on Mr. Moffatt.

  • MaryAnn

    Isn’t that pretty much what I said? :->

  • DaveTM

    He’s enjoying torturing us way too much.

    But then again so would I in his place.

    Damn You Moffat!!

  • McFeely


    He’s lucky he knows what’s going to happen (obviously) I’m still counting down the hours, waiting and waiting only to realize I’m going to need to find something else to do with my Saturdays for a bit.

  • Ken

    *Shakes fists in Moffat’s general direction*

  • I hate funny writers.

  • MaryAnn

    I’m going to need to find something else to do with my Saturdays for a bit.

    Watch classic DW and then play along with my blogging!

  • Melanie

    I wonder if David Tennant knows what is going to happen or if he is biting his fingernails at home along with the rest of us.

  • Liz

    I was giggling uncontrollably reading the Moff’s comments. I so wish I were the showrunner of a wildly popular TV program just so I could have the chance to mindfuck with fans.

  • Mo

    Hee… I think I might have scared some co-workers at lunch laughing at that…

    Kind of reminds me of the days when Damon Lindeloff would hide things like ‘Sawyer dies next week’ in spoiler font when he posted on the Fuselage.

  • You want a Steven Moffat interview? I’ll give you a Steven Moffat interview.


  • The Moff described next weeks ep as “mad” and “the maddest thing”. Is he channelling Russell T Davies? I’m used to more down-to-earth language from Steven. Passionate yes, intense yes, but not quite so unhinged :-)

    RTD used to give interviews in front of a big picture window, waving his hands around , being enthusiastic and jolly. SM is usually in front of a fireplace, trying to dominate the interviewer by the power of his stare.

    Still, I’m all up for “mad”.

  • Mark

    Damn, just realised we’re out with friends for pizza and alcohol on Saturday night! a) I hope the bloody Sky box doesn’t conk out while recording and b) I can’t decide whether half a bottle of wine and several pints will detract from or enhance my eventual viewing.

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