Steven Moffat – Game Geek?

Does Steven Moffat spend all day playing video games, stopping briefly to issue dicatation via a speech to text app on a nearby laptop? How else do you explain the following?

Doctor Who boss Steven MoffatAs noticed by – the Sherlock episode “A Study in Pink” features references to the PlayStation 3 game Heavy Rain. It’s more than just a plot element too – the artistic direction (including the short focal length of the cityscapes) and the origami killer in the second episode not to mention the frequent use of publishing of emotions and thoughts to the screen via text in the middle of action are ideas seen already in Heavy Rain.

Sherlock puts Heavy Rain PS3 to excellent use in the show that stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson.

As if to disclose the source of their inspiration for those in the know, as the show first uses Heavy Rain’s words-on-the-screen technique Sherlock says “It’s obvious isn’t it? She’s been in Heavy Rain in the last few hours… where has there been Heavy Rain and strong wind in that time?”

So – is this why we waited so long for a Doctor Who game – so Steven Moffat could spend a few hours playing it?

Doctor Who: The Adventure Games episodes 1 and 2 (City of the Daleks and Blood of the Cybermen) are available free from the BBC for UK viewers; overseas fans should check our news update Geronimerica!


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