Doctor Who had to mock Hitler

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 August 2011
Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat

'Doctor Who' showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed he was determined to mock Nazi leader Adolf Hitler when he decided to include him as a character in the BBC One sc-fi series

'Doctor Who' showrunner Steven Moffat believes Adolf Hitler would be very angry if he saw himself in 'Let's Kill Hitler'.

The writer-and-producer ridicules the Nazi leader in the opening episode of the autumn season of the BBC sci-fi show and he insists it was always his intention to treat the fascist dictator in an irreverent way.

Speaking at the screening of the episode at the BFI in London last night (16.08.11), he said: "Hitler is quite an iconic name to be honest - in an evil and ghastly way. I think my younger son said, 'Won't Hitler be offended?' In Indiana Jones there was a brilliant gag where Indiana Jones accidentally gets Hitler's autograph. I think if you really want to p**s off Hitler, now that he's dead, you don't make him into an icon of evil, you take the mickey out of him, make him a joke, make him be punched by Rory. I can imagine how cross Adolf would be if he watched the episode."

Steven - who was joined at the special screening by 'Doctor Who' stars Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, who play married couple Amy Pond and Rory Williams - also revealed the second run of episodes centres around the death of The Doctor (Matt Smith) which was shown in the series opener 'The Impossible Astronaut'.

The writer has introduced a number of mind-boggling plotlines to the current season but he is confident viewers will be able to keep up when the show returns to screen later this month.

Steven explained: "They're all basically going back to Lake Silencio. I mean, that's where the Doctor's going. He's going to know that he has to turn up there and die . But assuming an intelligent audience is a good idea and clearly, going by our ratings, it's a successful idea. I can't see what's wrong about assuming intelligence in your audience and what's bad news about being rewarded for assuming that. They are clever, they will get it. My nine year old got all of this ages ago."

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