Happy Birthday, ‘Physician Who’ Showrunner Steven Moffat!
Happy birthday, Steven Moffat!
For 12 years, the curly-haired Scotsman has been entertaining, horrifying, and pissing off Physician Who followers.
Born in Paisley, Renfrewshire (ever catch Amy’s reference to the Scottish city in Mark Gatiss-penned episode “Victory of the Daleks”?), Moffat was barely two when William Hartnell’s First Physician debuted in 1963.
Within the mid-80s (throughout Colin Baker’s reign because the Sixth Physician), Moff stored busy writing performs and musicals (!!); his dramedy “Warfare Zones” was staged at Glasgow Mayfest and the Edinburgh Competition Fringe in 1985.
He obtained his begin in tv writing just a few years later, when the non secular program Freeway got here to Thorn Major Faculty, the place Moffat’s father was principal.
A gutsy 20-something, Moffat talked about to the present’s producers his thought for a kids’s collection a few college newspaper. His profitable pattern script spawned the five-season comedy-drama Press Gang, primarily based on the actions of a junior newsroom.
Moffat wrote all 43 episodes, which ran from 1989 (the yr basic Physician Who ended) to 1993.
Issues weren’t all rainbows and lollipops for the TV beginner, although: Throughout manufacturing, Moffat was coping with the breakup of his first marriage—which he later changed into two collection of Joking Aside, an autobiographical sitcom concerning the rise and fall of a relationship.
“The sitcom truly lasted barely longer than my marriage,” he told Richard Herringin 1997.
Conversely, his later comedy Coupling was primarily based on his relationship with second spouse Sue Vertue, who produced the present from 2000 to 2004, and later served as producer on Sherlock.
A bonafide star, and a lifelong fan of Physician Who, Moffat’s first solo Who work was a brief story known as “Continuity Errors,” revealed in 1996. Three years later, he scripted the parody Physician Who and the Curse of the Deadly Demise for Comedian Aid’s Pink Nostril Day charity telethon.
In 2004, he was tapped to jot down for the revival of the basic program, penning award-winning scripts “The Empty Little one,” “The Physician Dances,” “The Lady within the Fire,” and “Blink.” Physician Who modified arms after its fourth season, when Moffat took over from Russell T. Davies as head author and govt producer; he launched Matt Smith because the Eleventh Physician in 2009.
“I’m astonished at how lengthy I’ve been doing it,” he instructed World Display screen early this yr, admitting that engaged on Who is the “longest I’ve ever accomplished something.”
In January 2016, Moffat introduced his retirement from the long-running BBC collection; a yr later, he confirmed plans to surrender his writing gig, permitting incoming chief Chris Chibnall to “put his personal stamp on the present.”
The Physician Who veteran hung up his head author/govt producer hat months in the past. However his closing mark will probably be made this Christmas with “Twice Upon a Time”—the ultimate episode for Moffat, Twelfth Physician Peter Capaldi, and companion Invoice Potts (Pearl Mackie).
Elevate a glass to Mr. Physician Who himself, who turns 56 right this moment.