Well, it appears that three episodes of series 8 - Phil Ford’s episode 2, Stephen Thompson’s episode 5, and Gareth Robert’s episode 6 - now credit Steven Moffat as co-writer. Interesting, In other news, I’m much more excited for episode 5 then I was before.
Oh, what delightful news for fans of Moffat’s writing/people who want ammunition for Moffat’s unrelenting desire to stick his ruinous fingers into other writer’s work.
One need not ask what side I make my camp in.
Agreed. This is absolutely great news for all of those people who like to religiously watch the work of someone they vehemently dislike for no other reason than to loudly and grumpily get in the way of everyone else’s fun and feel smugly superior for liking less television than everyone else, failing to grasp story lines that thousands of eight-year-olds have no problem with, and ignoring the voices and actions of the women in the story so that they can get off on confirmation bias instead.
Fortunately, those of us who actually like the show will be giddily ignoring them. Or arguing with them. Whichever comes first.
It is worth pointing out, although Moffat-haters will of course happily ignore it so maybe it isn’t, that Russell was very heavily involved in the rewriting of almost every episode (save for certain “untouchable” writers including Moffat and Matthew Graham), to the extent that if he’d fought for the credit his work actually warranted, he’d have been the primary named writer on about 80% of all Doctor Who produced during his tenure.
And he even admitted in The Writer’s Tale that when it came to getting his name on the 2009 specials, it was basically a case of finally deciding he deserved to get some of the credit.
So anything that people might accuse Moffat of right now is something that Russell has already done.
Like I say, though, this won’t stop them. HE’S GONE MAD WITH POWER, they’ll say. ONLY AGENT CAPALDI CAN SAVE US NOW!!!1111
Moffat haters aren’t too keen on things like facts.