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Steven Moffat IS The Doctor!

Well, sort of.
Steven Moffat, showrunner of Doctor Who, is to be given an honourary doctorate this week by the University of the West of Scotland. So he might not be the Doctor, but he’ll certainly be a doctor, which is pretty awesome.
The ceremony will take place this Tuesday, 5th July 2016, at the Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church in his hometown of Paisley. In addition to this, last year he was also on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, so his full title will be Dr. Steven Moffat OBE – although I’m sure much of fandom will keep calling him “the Moff.”
Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of University of the West of Scotland, said:

“Steven is quite simply one of the country’s greatest screenwriters and through his work on both the small and big screen he has brought joy to millions of viewers worldwide. He is a further example of success from our wonderful town of Paisley in a long line of truly successful people brought up in the town.  Steven is great role model for anyone, not just our students, and demonstrates that your path in life will be determined by your own passion for the things you believe in and that anyone can have success if they work hard.

“Steven is a hugely deserving recipient of this Honorary Doctorate and we are delighted to honour him in his home town.”

Moffat has, no doubt, made a significant cultural impact, not only with Doctor Who but also by co-creating Sherlock with Mark Gatiss, affecting  the industry and becoming one of the most sought-after and respected writers working today. Moffat added:

“It’s always a joy to go home – but to go back to Paisley to receive a doctorate feels like I finally made it. I feel very honoured, and more importantly very happy.”

After the hassle he constantly gets from fans, it’s nice to see his efforts rewarded once again.
He joins an incredibly short list of Doctor Who writers with doctorates. In fact, I can only think of Kit Pedler otherwise. Anybody think of anyone else…?

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

11 thoughts on “Steven Moffat IS The Doctor!

  1. To borrow a quote that I feel is appropriate to the occasion: “My doctorate is purely honorary, and Harry here is only qualified to work on sailors.”
    Congrats, Mr. Moff!
    (Of course, now Capaldi can say to him “You may be A doctor, but I’m THE Doctor.”)

      1. And for those who don’t like him… well, they don’t know what they’re missing. But we know better! (Though how anyone could still dislike Capaldi after last season’s performance, I just have no idea.)

        1. “He doesn’t have romance with the companion, he’s not young enough, he’s written by Moffat, Doctor Who sucks now, bring back Davies and Tennant and Piper, etc, etc, etc”

          1. Pretty much. A very narrow section of fandom that are really just David Tennant fangirls (which I don’t really blame him for, of course, but all the same, we’re afflicted with their existence). They don’t realize that it’s not just about the actor, but about the performance. There are several scenes in Series 9 I just can’t help but tear up watching because Capaldi is so damn powerful in them.

          2. Let them have their fun. They’re entitled to like and dislike what they want to, even if the rest of us are baffled by it. It’s when the vocal minority turn toxic that it’s irritating. The rest of us can tell them where to go and watching them fall over themselves when presented with an actual argument is always entertaining.

        2. Yes. Thank you both! I can’t be doing with Capaldi’s Doctor and I am neither a fangirl (I grew the beard to scotch such rumours) nor, especially, a Tennant fan. I do not know what it is but I am not convinced the Twelve is the Doctor at all. I am hoping earnestly that I can qualify that sentiment with the word “yet”. But my opinion is not based on the fact that he is not Matt, that he is not young or that he doesn’t have a romance with his companion. Sorry: I don’t like him.

    1. Not to mention his humility….. /sarc
      Congrats to him on the honor, but while I think Moffat is intelligent, not quite sure I would go as far as you just did.

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