Moffat’s favorite writer used “Redbeard” as a random plot device 20 years ago.
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One of Moffat’s favorite screenwriters is William Goldman. He wrote The Princess Bride. Moffat always tells you to read Goldman if you want to learn anything about writing.
Well, in 1996 William Goldman adapted a book called “The Ghost and the Darkness” into a movie.
And in this story, he had a little problem. He needed to make the hero seem brave. He needed a way to boost esteem of that main character.
So he invented a side character and called him “Redbeard”.
Redbeard was to be killed off – he was a plot device.
What I’m saying is Moffat’s favorite writer took a book and turned it into a screenplay but added a character called Redbeard that wasn’t in the originals in order to teach the audience more about the hero.
Also the story is set in the late 1800s with a focus on trains.
Neat. isn’t it?