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Steven Moffat on Doctor Who and Sherlock

Steven Moffat on Doctor Who and Sherlock by Dr. Crystal Hurd


Screenwriter Steven Moffat is hard at work these days. Since 2009, Moffat has served as head writer for Doctor Who and is currently co-writer of the hit show Sherlock. Speaking to Assignment X, Moffat recently admitted that he will leave Doctor Who because, “it stops me from doing anything else”.

Sherlock, however, “doesn’t swamp my schedule”. Moffat is satisfied with the global success of Sherlock and plans to continue writing episodes for years to come. He adds, “I could imagine we’ll come back and do Sherlock fairly often for many years, rather than very few years.” This is welcome news for Sherlock fans. Moffat currently produces the show with his wife Sue Vertue. Their son Louis Moffat played young Sherlock on this season’s finale.

Surely the lighter work load is due to the lamentably small amount of episodes per season (although shows are typically 90 minutes). This, of course, is to Moffat’s credit. His characters are so well-loved that a mere three episodes cannot satiate a hungry audience. Although I would like to see more, I must admit that the crumbs we receive now are purely delightful. But it makes me wonder, can the writers sustain the enthusiasm over the next few years? Does Moffat predict that Sherlock will operate like his other successful franchise Doctor Who, reviving Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic characters for years, even decades, to come? We certainly hope so. Another season is expected in 2015.

What are your thoughts about Moffat leaving Doctor Who?

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About the author: Dr. Crystal Hurd
Crystal is a writer, poet, reader, and public school educator from Virginia. She is happily married with three beautiful Terriers (adopted from local shelters). Her dissertation explored the leadership of C.S Lewis with postdoctoral work focusing on the leadership roles of artists. An unapologetic book nerd, Crystal loves to read and research works involving faith, literature, art, and leadership. She also possesses a deep, unrelenting interest in all things European, especially Doctor Who. You can read her weekly thoughts on her webpage/blog, friend her on Facebook, (Crystal Sullivan Hurd) and follow her on Twitter: @DoctorHurd and @hurdofficial.

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