Former Doctor Who showrunners, Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat were on BBC Radio 2’s Graham Norton Show on Saturday – and if you missed it, you can catch up on the iPlayer service. But be swift: it’s only available for 25 more days.
The pair are, between them, partly responsible for every episode of Doctor Who broadcast between 2005 and 2017, including its 2005 revival; introductions for the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, and War Doctors; and the 50th anniversary special. It’s an incredible achievement, eh? On the Graham Norton Show, which aired on 14th April 2018, the writers were primarily promoting their Target novelisations of Rose and The Day of the Doctor, both of which are available now. The books are an interesting chance to experience their talents in prose, the two otherwise best associated with writing screenplays.
Of course, they don’t solely talk about Doctor Who; Moffat, for instance, speaks about the upcoming version of Dracula, co-written by Mark Gatiss (Cold War; Sleep No More). Though Bram Stoker’s novel will be reinvented “in a Sherlock-y way”, Steven further cautions:
“But not in exactly the same way. We’re not modernising it or anything, but we are doing a version of Dracula.”
Norton’s show is warm and witty, and the 40(ish) minute segment with RTD and Moffat is a pure joy. We don’t really get to hear much from them together, so it feels like listening to some old friends, fizzing with enthusiasm and energy.