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…?