Moffat on Monsters & Billie Piper; Plus Eccelston Promises to be Back for ‘Doctor Who’ 100th Anniversary
Showrunner Steven Moffat has been known to catch some flak for his insistence on using new Doctor Who monsters over the classics. The Weeping Angels, for instance, have appeared almost as often as the Daleks or Cybermen. But speaking at Edinburgh Fringe Moffat revealed,
I always think it’s probably true the first anything or anyone appears on Doctor Who is their best story, and Doctor Who is never more Doctor Who than when everything is brand new on it, a new monster and the Doctor doesn’t know what’s going on. When you bring back a monster it’s automatically a sequel, and sequels are never quite as good. On the other hand, it’s part of the ecology of Doctor Who that he encounters the same monsters and that hit monsters and hit characters do come back, so it’s just when you have a good idea for a plot.
I wonder if he believes this logic holds true for The Weeping Angels? We can all agree “Blink” was by far their best appearance and “The Angels Take Manhattan” their worst. Here’s hoping they hold off on the Angels for a little while and give us more original monsters, with still a few classics thrown in here and there.
Do check out Geek Chocolate’s entire write-up from the panel because Moffat has more to say about new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, the fate of Romana, and the Doctor’s daughter, Jenny. Definitely worth a read!
While still in Edinburgh at an Ad-Lib event Moffat just couldn’t stop talking, this time about Who companion Billie Piper,
It was Billie Piper who brought it back. I think those first two years, that was Billie Piper’s show. It was all about Billie, and Billie as Rose.Russell [T. Davies] was so clever in creating that character and casting that character so perfectly…[Davis] allowed an audience who would not naturally have watched Doctor Who, which was practically everybody at the time, to find a way into the show, so she has an iconic status partly because it was a brilliant performance and a brilliantly written part but it was also the way back in…She has a bigger status than most of those companions and really seriously, for the first two years, that was Billie Piper’s show.
I completely agree! Rose has and forever will be one of my favorite companions for just that reason. Watching Doctor Who when it returned – and I’ll note I was a fan of Classic Who, so I wasn’t new to the series – she was such a relatable companion and really it was she who sold me on new Who. I was only 19 when the show returned, as was Rose. She was me! And I am delighted to see her back for the 50th.
Speaking of anniversaries, though, the BFI (British Film Institute) has been celebrating Doctor Who all year in lead up to the 50th. Recently they were on Doctor Nine, and while Christopher Eccelston wasn’t in attendance, he did send along this short, sweet message,
I love the BFI. I love the Doctor and hope you enjoy this presentation. Joe Ahearne directed five of the 13 episodes of the first series. He understood the tone the show needed completely – strong, bold, pacy visuals coupled with wit, warmth and a twinkle in the performances, missus.
If Joe agrees to direct the 100th anniversary special, I will bring my sonic and a stair-lift and – providing the Daleks don’t bring theirs – I, the ninth Doctor, vow to save the universe and all you apes in it.
I’m happy to see he hasn’t complete sworn off the series, even if he did leave on bad terms. And yeah, come the 100th anniversary I’ll be more than thrilled to see the return of Nine. Assuming our alien/robot/genetically evolved animal overlords allow it.