Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat was on hand during a special screening of the upcoming Christmas special, “Twice Upon a Time,” at London’s Science Museum, where the man who spearheaded six seasons explained why he believes Doctor Who is the greatest show ever made.
Before becoming showrunner during Matt Smith’s tenure as the Doctor in Season 5, Moffat had written episodes for the BBC series since the show’s revival under Russell T Davies (aka Season 1 of "New Who"). Overall, Moffat has been with the show for ten seasons, so he knows what he's talking about.
During a Q&A with members of the press and some lucky fans who attended the special screening, Moffat gave an impassioned speech as to why Doctor Who is the best show on TV. And the reason he’s saying that now is because, well, he’s leaving. So, what makes Doctor Who great? “There are probably press here who are ‘No, it’s The Wire’. It’s not The Wire. It’s not I Claudius. It’s not The Office. It’s not even Blue Planet. It’s Doctor Who,” Moffat told the assembled audience, before continuing his epic defense.
“How do you measure greatness? Do you measure it by ratings? Do you measure it by reviews?” Moffat asked. “Christ no, of course you don’t. Do you measure it by perfection? Is Doctor Who perfect every week? No, it’s not. It really isn’t. It can’t be. Because every episode of Doctor Who is an experiment,” Moffat said, adding that by experimenting every week, things don’t always go right. “Perfection is the refinement of boredom, it’s doing the same thing all the time perfectly. Doctor Who, by always being different, can never be perfect.”
The departing showrunner, who will hand over the keys to the TARDIS to Broadchurch’s Chris Chibnall following the yuletide special, explained the way to measure the greatness of the show is by looking at the fans who became writers, artists, actors (David Tennant and Peter Capaldi were huge Doctor Who fans before playing the Doctor), and yes, even scientists.
“There are people, believe it or not, who become scientists because of Doctor Who,” Moffat said. “That seems improbable given we said the moon was an egg, you’d think they’d have a problem with it. But people become scientists, people change their view of the world and what they’re capable of, because of a silly show about a man who travels around in time and space in a police box.”
Moffat doesn’t know which show comes in second place, but he's convinced of the Doctor's condition. “Count the hearts that beat a little faster because of Doctor Who... by that important measure Doctor Who is the greatest television show ever made.”
What do you guys think? Do you agree with Steven Moffat?