“Clever is good, and kind is strong.” || Top 10 favourite Moffat quotes.
#10: When he started writing fanfic of his own show in the official magazine
The impossible one, of course, is the Delgado/Gomez simmer-fest - but oh, imagine! Hooded gazes at dawn! Sneers like sword slashes! Sexy prowls, cat-like circling! In no time flat, a country cottage, three kids and a Volvo.
#9: Headcanons about his own show, with bonus disregard for gender ‘binary’
I bet River got married about 428 times. Once for each gender.
[On whether River had ever met Bernice Summerfield:]
Remember those 428 marriages I mentioned…
#8: In which he was very very wrong about 11′s costume
Matt said ‘I should be a boffin, I think I need to go with the bow tie’ and I said ‘No, absolutely not, you’re not wearing a bow tie – that’s a cartoon idea of what Doctor Who is… Oh, you are going to wear a bow tie – you look incredible in it.
#7: On Clara
She’s got a high opinion of herself, not in a conceited way, but in a correct way.
#6: On Mary Tamm as Romana I
Perfectly brought to life by Mary, with such style and wit, you always thought she could have kicked the Doctor out of the time machine and got on with the adventure herself. A generation of little girls threw away the idea of being an assistant, and decided to fly the TARDIS for themselves.
#5: With regards to Missy
We must assume that gender is quite fluid on Gallifrey.
#4: On Sherlock fandom
It is very very touching when people are properly, creatively engaged in the show you are making. It genuinely is. And I say this about the other one [Doctor Who] too. There is no greater flattery than people not simply consuming it, but making more of their own. To look at a show and say ‘I think I’ve got that. I think I can do better than that. I think I could make something out of that.’, that is the beginning of becoming a creator yourself. So in a genuine, proper heartfelt way, I am saying that a fandom is the cradle of the next generation of creative people. That is fantastic. That is amazing. There is no bigger compliment.
#3: On Press Gang’s Lynda Day
Because I’ve never been a 17 year old girl, it’s rather interesting to think like one, or rather to force yourself to consider the world from that perspective. And it actually started to make me angry. I’d never really thought about it before, but you know, when I’d consider the world from the viewpoint of this dynamic, highly intelligent, highly talented 17 year old girl, and think what’s going to happen to her, think about how much harder it’s going to be for her than it would be if she’d been a boy, it made me SO angry.
#2: On Heroes
History tells us who we used to be, documentaries tell us who we are now; but heroes tell us who we WANT to be. And a lot of our heroes depress me. But when they made this particular hero, they didn’t give him a gun, they gave him a screwdriver to fix things. They didn’t give him a tank or a warship or an X-Wing fighter, they gave him a call box from which you can call for help. And they didn’t give him a superpower or pointy ears or a heat ray. They gave him two hearts. And that’s an extraordinary thing. There will never come a time when we don’t need a hero like the Doctor.
#1: On Feminist Criticism
I think it’s important that there is a feminist critique of television because things that go unquestioned go unchanged and what goes unchanged becomes institutionalized and what becomes institutionalized becomes your fault. So it should be questioned. I think some of the criticisms that are aimed at me personally are absurdly over the top and unfair, but then, who said the prosecution has to be fair? And it’s a case that needs to be prosecuted.