Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat says The Big Bang is best episode he has written

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat

STEVEN Moffat has said The Big Bang is the best Doctor Who story he has written (spoilers from now on if you haven’t seen The Pandorica Opens).

Speaking at a special event to launch the next Doctor Who computer game, Blood of the Cybermen, he said: “The Doctor is trapped inside a prison from which even he can’t escape. Amy Pond is dead. Rory is plastic. River Song has been blown up in the Tardis, which has been blown up and destroyed every sun in the universe.

“I think any other hero would be in a pickle but I think The Doctor can take it.

“I really do think episode 13, the episode we’ll see on Saturday, is a story only Doctor Who can do – no other show could have come close to a story like this. That’s what is exciting about it.”

Moffat added he is delighted by how well his first series as showrunner has been received.

He said: “I am absolutely thrilled by how successful it has been.

“I have never done a job that has had so much pressure. It is extraordinary pressure.

“But the pressure lifted in another sense quite recently. When Matt Smith’s first episode went out and Matt and Karen became the toast of the nation, I thought: ’well that’s a relief’. Because up until that point I was thinking: ’well I could be a novelist at the end of the year’.”

Moffat was speaking as he launched a new interactive Doctor Who computer game at the primary school where his sister is head teacher.

He was joined by Cybermen and Daleks, including the man who provides their voices, Nicholas Briggs, in a question and answer session with pupils.

He said the day was “the perfect opportunity to combine work and family”.

He went on: “I’m thrilled with the games. We were very, very keen that these weren’t some lame spin-off.

“This is a proper Doctor Who adventure. This is for real. This actually happened. And I think that makes it so much more exciting.”

His sister, Gillian Penny, said: “Today has been absolutely amazing.

“Cybermen in the gym hall are absolutely fantastic. Doctor Who is one of those concepts that can go anywhere, any time, any place. You can do anything with it.

“For children it hooks them straight away.”

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