Moffat Appreciation Day
There are many things I love about Steven Moffat that I could mention today. I could talk about his characters, (I’m sure my epic love for River Song is no secret.) I could talk about his writing and his ongoing story arcs that make it such a joy to rewatch previous episodes now that you know what it all means. I could talk about his time as showrunner and how I find series 5 and 6 of Doctor Who to be some of the best TV I’ve ever seen and how I rewatch those episodes over and over again in a way that I’ve never done with anything else. But I think a lot of that has been covered by other people and by the countdown, so I’m going to go with one of the things that I love most about him that may not be mentioned as much:
While he may like us to believe that he’s a heartless monster who rips out our souls and feeds on our tears, we all know that Moffat is a big softy at heart. And I love him for that. I love that he gave River an afterlife (and please oh please let Eleven join her there when he regenerates. It is all I want in the Christmas special.) I love that he brought Strax back. I love that he brought Rory back (and made him a full companion.) I love that he sent Amy and Rory back in time to live out their lives together and happy. I love that he convinced RTD not to kill off Jenny at the end of The Doctor’s Daughter. I love that he didn’t really kill the other Jenny in The Name of the Doctor.
And I know that this is actually an aspect of his writing that other people have criticised him for, saying it takes away from the drama, but I disagree. There is still a lot of drama in separation, in the reactions of the other characters when they think their loved one is dead and, in fact, in the deaths that do happen. Father Octavian and Lorna Bucket come to mind. I can’t tell you the amount of times that Moffat has made me cry. There is certainly no shortage of heartbreaking drama in his work. But he makes it all right in the end. And I love him for it.