▶ Steven Moffat & Brian Minchin on Getting into TV

The BBC has been releasing some really interesting interviews with a couple of core members of the creative team: showrunner, Steven Moffat and Executive Producer, Brian Minchin. In this latest chat with the pair, they’re asked how to get into television.

It’s a discussion many of us will be intrigued by – after all, Doctor Who has given many of us, myself included, an ambition to work in film and TV.

Moffat sums this up simply:

“The art of writing is to write sentences that make people want to read the next sentence! There is not a lot else to it. There really isn’t. If you can do that, you’ll never starve.”

Moffat praises former-Doctor Who showrunner, Russell T Davies, and Minchin heaps further compliments on the entire Roath Lock team, the BBC Drama Village in Cardiff, South Wales where on-set work is filmed for the show. It’s actually right by the Doctor Who Experience, which is ideal for those supremely enjoyable TARDIS tours!

Brian adds:

“It’s not about aiming for a particular position; it’s about working out what you want to make, what type of thing you really love, and trying to get as good as you possibly can at that. And then, if you’re lucky, and things go right, then you might end up having the opportunity to do that.”

Minchin’s had a very interesting path to Who, having script edited Torchwood, and acted as producer on The Sarah Jane Adventures, as well as having written audio, comic, and novel adventures for the Whoniverse.

What will you take from this expert advice? Personally, I think just ploughing ahead, determinedly, is the way to go.



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When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion: http://thedoctorwhocompanion.com/


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