Steven Moffat: “I’ve never loved anything as much as Doctor Who and Sherlock”

"Write what you love", says Moffat as he accepts the top prize at the Writers' Guild Awards


Sherlock and Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat scooped the special award for outstanding writing at last night’s Writers’ Guild Awards. 


Whilst accepting his prize at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill, Moffat told the audience, “Write what you love. I’ve never loved anything as much as Doctor Who and Sherlock.”

The accolade will join his growing collection of awards, although he and co-creator Mark Gatiss failed to triumph in the best TV short-form drama category, losing out to ITV1’s Appropriate Adult starring Dominic West. 

The annual awards ceremony – decided by The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain – supports scribes across every media, taking into account everything from books and theatre to TV and radio.

Last night’s other winners included BBC3’s Being Human which took home the Writers’ Guild award for TV drama series and Hollyoaks writer Nick Leather who won the best continuing drama prize. 

BBC4’s Holy Flying Circus was named best TV comedy, while We Need to Talk About Kevin writers Lynne Ramsay and Rory Stewart Kinnear won the award for best screenplay. 

Whovians did not go home empty handed, as Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures – starring the late Elisabeth Sladen – won for best children’s TV script for its episode The Curse of Clyde Langer, written by Phil Ford. 

Radio awards were handed out to Radio 4’s Pandemic by John Dryden, which topped the drama category, and Matt Berry’s I, Regress which landed best radio comedy. 


Best fiction book went to Patrick McGuinness’ The Last Hundred Days while Rachel De-lahay won the award for best play for Royal Court production The Westbridge.