Say what you will about Steven Moffat, but the man has made some truly wonderful stories. And, arguably, a few bad ones.
But if there's one thing you can say about the Moff, it's that there are a few characteristics that tend to spring up in his stories. Monsters in human clothes (Weeping Angels, Silence, Whispermen and others), people meeting each other out of order, phones, the Doctor wearing hats, bananas, The Time-Traveler's Wife....
So why not have a a bit of fun with it?
Ladies and gentlemen, I present Steven Moffat Bingo!
I came up with the idea sometime around last Christmas (when the appropriately-titled "Last Christmas" aired), only to discover the other day that the idea had been done before. Still, I'd already listed the tropes by that point and designed the Bingo Cards, so I pressed on.
So, without further ado, here are seven Bingo Cards and a helpful glossary of Moffat-ish tropes.
Click on the images to enlarge. Right click, choose "Save Image As," and then print off your cards (in portrait orientation for best results).
Glossary of Terms
- The Doctor Wears a Hat
Stetson, fez, you name it.
- Victorian Era
SPECIFICALLY the Victorian Era. Elizabethan? Doesn’t count.
- The Doctor Befriends a Child
Or tries to.
- “Doctor Who?”
- Plot-Related Time Travel
Time travel isn’t just a prelude to a story, the story INVOLVES time travel.
- The Slow Path
Somebody time traveled forwards at normal speed for a long time.
- Something Innocuous Becomes Scary
A crack in the wall? Evil. Ticking? Evil. The smell of cheese? Evil.
- Someone Knows the Doctor’s Future
- Doctor’s Sex Life Referenced
Wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more.
- Redesigned Classic Series Monster
Your mileage may vary on whether or not the redesign looks good.
- “Time Can Be Rewritten.”
- People with Names that are also Things
Jeff Steel, Samuel Green, Sally Wolf….
- Blatant Teasing/Trolling
Moffat does it on purpose to watch us squirm.
- Monsters in Human Clothes
Suits, robes, t-shirts, et cetera.
- Memory Wipes
- Villainous Spacesuits
Buzz Aldrin’s out for blood, by the looks of things.
- Same Character, Multiple Names
Old Jeff, Jeff-from-five-minutes-from-now, and Jeffy-J. But they’re all called “Professor.”
- Sonic Screwdriver Used Non-Sonically
I’m pretty sure sound waves can’t hack software.
- Ineloquent Explanation
There’s no words to explain something… but that won’t stop them from trying a few words.
- 51st Century
Long beyond Buck Rogers.
- A Stranger Knows the Doctor
Current, future, or previous incarnation.
- Phones as Plot Point
Ring ring! Hello? Plot!
Bananas are good.
- Made-Up Nursery Rhymes
Tick-tock, goes the clock. Moffat rhymes. He just can’t stop. Ck.
Two versions of the same person.
- Mysterious Woman
Who is she? Where did she come from? What does she know? How is she possible?
- Everybody Lives!
Body count of zero.
Implied or onscreen.
Have a merry one.
- Companion Needs to be Rescued
Isn’t that always the way?
- Reset Button
Either literally or figuratively.
- Cougars Wearing Red Lipstick
Though, to be fair, they rock the look.
- Somebody Kisses the Doctor
- Somebody Appears to Die (But Doesn’t)
Cough, Rory, cough.
- Boastful Warning
“You’re doomed because I’m awesome!”
- Nod to the Classic Series
- TARDIS Swimming Pool
Everyone loves a pool.
- Villain is Technology Following its Programming
Just following orders.