Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Awesome Writing in Media: Steven Moffat #DrWho #Sherlock

Okay, I know this guy is polarizing. He makes you want to shake your fist at him and scream, "MOFFAT!" as all your feels are ripped out--which you might have hugely mixed feelings about while it's happening--or you want him to disappear faster than a person does when touched by a Weeping Angel (that was a Dr Who reference, by the way).

But you can't deny that he has writing talent.

Most people became aware of Steven Moffat when he took over Dr Who from Russell T. Davies (and then would proceed to make us have all the feels while watching), but, in reality, Moffat had been involved in Dr Who much, much longer than that.

He's actually responsible for many of the best episodes. I'm a huge fan of 10 (David Tennant), and Moffat wrote many of his best story-lines and/or episodes. Don't believe me? Take a look.

My personal all-time-favorite episode of Dr Who is The Girl in the Fireplace. It's such an interesting story--full of time travel (literally), romance, and intrigue. Moffat wrote the episode.

Another of my favorites is Blink, in which we get to meet the Weeping Angels for the first time, and also in which the world was gifted the famous "wibbly wobbly, timey wimey" quote. Moffat wrote the episode.

And the two-parter, Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead, where we meet River Song. Moffat wrote the episode.

He excels at writing gripping stories with a bit (okay, a lot) of heartbreak and romanticism often attached. His wheelhouse seems to tend toward darker material, which I think is why a lot of people were, errrr...displeased?...when he took over Dr Who. But that didn't stop most of us from watching.

He'll be stepping down from running Dr Who soon, though.

Fortunately, his strong points also lend to his other project, Sherlock, which he's a co-creator/writer of with Mark Gatiss (who also has the role of Mycroft).

I can't say I've ever been displeased with an episode of Sherlock. Every time, the episodes are well-crafted and paced, and full of exactly what we as an audience want. I hope he uses his extra time to work on more episodes.

Hint, hint.

Love him or hate him, you can't deny that Steven Moffat has written some of the most iconic British television we've had the privilege of watching.

What do you think?

xoxo Sarah

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