The Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, has praised former showrunner, Steven Moffat, saying that the person credited with penning an episode of Doctor Who isn’t necessarily “always the writer that did the best work”.
The job of showrunner, of course, involves rewriting scripts that aren’t up to scratch, and generally, neither Moffat or his predecessor, Russell T. Davies took co-credit. On some episodes, however, their names were added to the finished products, including Planet of the Dead, Into the Dalek, and Time Heist.
And while this is common knowledge within fan circles, it’s great to hear Capaldi speaking to the press about how underappreciated Steven is. Peter explains:
“Because Steven’s job is to get that show on every week, his job is to make sure that there are scripts that are exciting and interesting and fascinating and funny… and sometimes the writer whose name you see [on-screen] didn’t deliver a script that was so great.
“The person that has to sit up all night and make that script work is Steven.
“A lot of people who have negative things to say about Steven do not have a clue… about the stories and the scripts that he did, many of which those same people love.”
Capaldi concludes by calling him “an incredible writer” – and we agree!
We truly were very lucky to have Moffat working behind-the-scenes on our beloved programme.
It does mean that every adventure between 2005 and 2017 came from the creativity of Davies and Moffat. An astounding thought.