Sunday, 26 August 2012

Moffat speaks at Edinburgh TV Festival

Doctor Who's lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat spoke to audiences at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival this weekend, during which he commented on a number of topics relating to the show, which returns next week.

Regarding series budget he said:
The schedule and the pressure of trying to do Doctor Who on any budget - including Avatar's - is horrific. I am never, ever going to say I've got enough money - that's like asking, "Would you like to be more happy?"

Doctor Who is incredibly well looked after by the BBC - they are incredibly aware of its crown jewel status, that it's not merely a show that's successful now.
Doctor Who often features expensive premises and set.

I truly believe it could be a show that outlives everybody in this room. It could carry on that long, so it doesn't just make money now - it'll make money forever.

Of course I'd like more money, just as I'd like to be happier, thinner and more handsome!
On the ongoing debate about whether or not there'd be a big-screen version of Doctor Who:
I'm sure that we should do a movie. The one thing that I always keep saying is it can't ever be allowed to interfere in any way with the television show - that is the mother-ship. The absolute most important thing about Doctor Who will always be the TV show - it would be great to see the TARDIS on the big screen, but not in the way of the show.
Finally, the old chestnut of a female lead for the show also came up:
It is a part of Time Lord lore that it can happen - a Time Lord could potentially turn into a woman. The more often it's talked about, the more likely it is to happen someday, I suppose.

Update: A full transcript of the session can be found via Sci-Fi Bulletin.