INTERVIEWER: Was it difficult getting the complexities of the different [Sherlock Holmes] characters from the original books? A lot of adaptations turn Watson into a bumbling idiot, completely different to his personality in the books.

MOFFAT: […] With Watson, the problem is when you remove the narrator function from him–because he’s really just the ideal audience for Sherlock Homes in the book. You actually have to do something more with him.

Our Doctor Watson is very sardonic and snarky and funny. But if you actually look at the original Doctor Watson, he isn’t; he’s endlessly credulous, constantly amazed–not quite Nigel Bruce–but [he] nonetheless has an epic ability to be wrong about everything.

[In Conan Doyle canon] he’s not as thick as he can sometimes be presented, but he is comically astonished by Sherlock Holmes’ deductions for the entire thirty years of their friendship. You think at a certain point he might know Sherlock Holmes has probably got this one – not saying, ‘You can’t possibly know that, Holmes!’ Not three decades in!

We’ve got an actor like Martin Freeman, and I think the thing that’s important for Doctor Watson is that he’s definitely hugely competent.

He’s not any kind of genius, but he’s a very competent military man, and a good doctor with a stout heart, and the best friend you could want, and the first man a genius would trust–which is a huge compliment.

A genius chooses him.

A genius who understands everything about everybody chooses John to be the man he trusts.

So that’s about as big a compliment as you can get, really.

Steven Moffat

(Emer Sugrue’s University Observer interview transcript, February 2012 [x])

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“Listen up, son! If you’re having trouble… Maybe I should call my plumber! Ha ha ha!”

scotlandlass: Repost from @improvdave Thanks for taking this!! So that awkward moment when you attend the #IntoTheWoodsReunionShow and are sitting next to Darren Criss from Glee. Super cool, down to earth and really nice. Best part was he proceeded to fanboy over Bernadette Peters with me so yeah that happened and it was awesome. I respect the guy even more now for his exceptional taste. Thanks for making my day Darren! =) #musicaltheater #sondheimlove #IntoTheWoodsReunionShow 

Actual thing that actually happened: one of my beloved pub dudebros quoted my own tumblr meta to me.

“Well, someone on tumblr put it nicely when they said Dean was just trying on different personas, trying to figure out which parts are actually him.”

I was like, “That was me. I said that.”

This is the best day ever.

anonymous asked:

📚 share 3 books that you love and your favourite quote from them for Teddy?

TEDDY: * Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.  It had this quote about why Arnold, the protagonist, draws. He draws because words are too limited and unpredictable. He also has a lisp and stutter like I do so I relate to him. 

TEDDY: * He was also born with funky brain issues and dealt with lots of stuff out of his control but he never faltered. He’d pick himself up and find hope. 

TEDDY: * So Arnold Spirit Jr. means a lot to me. He left his home to go to school somewhere where he had a chance of hope, and didn’t get it. In fact, he went through hell and peservered through it all and turned out fine.  

TEDDY: I’m also a fan of Norton Juster’s The Phantom Toolbooth. There was a quote about not being afraid of learning from your mistakes because it’s better to be wrong with the right reasons than right for the wrong ones. 

TEDDY: * It was a good book full of wordplay and gave lots of life messages. 

TEDDY: * You can’t expect me to rate a 3rd one, right? It was hard enough to pick these two from my top favorites. There’s the entire Uglies series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, tons of classics… [He lists more series of books, clearly delighted.]