Steven Moffat may be on his way out as show runner of Doctor Who, ending his tenure after the upcoming Season 10 along with Peter Capaldi, he still has some wisdom left to share with new cast member Pearl Mackie. Mackie, who plays The Doctor’s new companion, Bill, in the upcoming season, revealed that Moffat had some strange advice for her in an interview with The Radio Times.
“I initially planned to watch all of Peter’s stuff with Jenna, so I could see what he was like as a Doctor,” Mackie explained, “And [Moffat and Doctor Who executive producer Brian Minchin] were like, ‘Don’t watch it, because she doesn’t know anything about that, and actually what you’re bringing to it is a really nice kind of freshness. What you’re doing is working’.”
While Mackie views the advice as a clever form of method acting, allowing her to better play a character who is new to the world of Doctor Who, it’s worth mentioning that this strategy was rumored to be employed by Josh Trank while directing 2015’s Fantastic Four, the third biggest bomb ever dropped in the month of August.
“I’ve never been a fan of comics, I’ve never actually read one,” said actress Kate Mara in frighteningly similar comments from a (translated) interview with Esquire Mexico while the movie was in development. “I was going to for this movie but the director [Josh Trank] said it wasn’t necessary. Well, actually he told us that we shouldn’t do it because the plot won’t be based on any history of anything already published. So I chose to follow his instructions. The one fact is I am a fan of comic book movies, so it’s very exciting to be part of a movie like this.”
Of course, there were lots of other problems with Fantastic Four, and this will probably work out much better for Pearl Mackie than it did for Kate Mara. But we should always at least remember history (and historically bad movies), lest we be doomed to repeat it, and what better way to remember history than to binge-watch it on Amazon Prime.