Steven Moffat Talks The Day Of The Doctor

Celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who , the latest issue of SFX brings you a world exclusive interview with Steven Moffat, talking anniversary tale "The Day Of The Doctor".

Golden anniversary epic "The Day Of The Doctor" finds David Tennant laughing in the face of the First Law of Time to team up with his successor, Matt Smith. But just how do Ten and Eleven get on? Friendship or friction?

"I wrote it as the friction version," Steven Moffat tells SFX. "When you’re talking to yourself there are no limitations, there’s no holding back. You wouldn’t be kind or courteous. At the same time, because they are two lovable, madcap, caffeinated Doctors, they’re also quite fanboyish about each other. They think it’s quite cool. They’re not broody, upset Doctors – it’s more “There’s two of us! Brilliant!” But that’s mostly in the playing, because they were having such a good time together that they brought that out. They get giggly with each other. It is, by lovely accident, a tremendous double-act.They’re naturally funny together. Enough alike and enough dissimilar. Matt said it was like Laurel and Laurel, as if Hardy didn’t show up – except he does in the form of John Hurt!"

Read the rest of this exclusive interview in SFX issue 241 on sale on Wednesday 16 October. Order a copy or subscribe online at or find all our issues on Apple Newsstand, Google Play, Zinio, Kindle and Nook .

Nick Setchfield
Editor-at-Large, SFX Magazine

Nick Setchfield is the Editor-at-Large for SFX Magazine, writing features, reviews, interviews, and more for the monthly issues. However, he is also a freelance journalist and author with Titan Books. His original novels are called The War in the Dark, and The Spider Dance. He's also written a book on James Bond called Mission Statements.