There's a very good reason to check all of your emails, even the ones from senders whose addresses you don't recognize: One of them may be Russell T. Davies writing to offer you a job. It may sound unlikely now, but new Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat found out that he was being offered the top spot of the BBC's franchise when half-heartedly checking emails at an airport. Before you go to check your spam filter, click under the jump to find out the way that BBC hiring works these days.
According to Moffat, he found out that he was being offered the job last summer while getting on a plane:
I heard last July when I got an email from Russell as I boarded a plane to Athens... and there it was on my Blackberry: an email. A whopping great 'What do you think?' It was a bit gobsmacking, to be honest.
Look, I know that Blackberries get a really bad reputation from people, but this is one of the few times that we've got to be grateful that they exist. You can tell from the offhanded way that Davies apparently sent the email that he was treating the whole "successor" thing in a very low-key way, and if Moffat hadn't been available through the wonder of email and handheld devices at that point, who's to say that Davies wouldn't have just gone ahead to offer it to whoever was walking past his office at the time? Was the world really ready for Chris Chibnall's Who? Exactly.
When asked what the fifth season of the series would be like, Moffat was disarmingly honest:
It's kind of hard to have a feeling about it at the moment - and it's way too soon to be talking about it. Series five is two years away.
Hey, Steven? If you're looking for suggestions, this lot have some worth paying attention to. Especially number 5.
(Oh, and keep letting twelve year-old extras write reports on their experiences for the internet: "I'm not allowed to say what happens in the second episode as I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but I do lots of screaming!" seems to sum up the whole Doctor Who experience.)
Moffat offered 'Doctor Who' job by email [Digital Spy]