Where next for Steven Moffat?

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Prior to Doctor Who, much of Moffat’s work was in sitcoms – shows like Joking Apart and Coupling being particularly notable for their semi-autobiographical nature. Might we see something in this vein from Moffat once more – a spiritual successor to Coupling, much like Cucumber was to Queer as Folk, bringing with it a comedic interpretation of the last decade of Moffat’s life? Might it be time for a subversive, satirical workplace comedy, based around the hectic production of one of the biggest shows in the world?

An article pondering about the future of Steven Moffat’s career, because I’m presumptuous like that.

It does seem likely – based on comments that he’s made in interviews and so on – that Moffat will return to comedy, and given that all his previous comedies have been semi-autobiographical, it’s possible they’ll continue in that vein. I think I’ve sort of built up a platonic ideal of Moffat’s future career in my head, with little heed paid to what he might actually want to do. Imagine him casting Mark Gatiss as the lead of the show, a writer helming “Mr X”, the BBC’s most high-profile science fiction programme. It’d be hilarious.

(Of course, not long after leaving Doctor Who, Moffat said he’d do a bit of theatre and then adapt Dracula with Gatiss. And then he wrote a Doctor Who book. So, you know.)

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