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Doctor Who writer keeps his cool

Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat has revealed he had to play festive hits and chill his room to get the mood right to compose the Christmas special.

Moffat, who is also in charge of the series as its executive producer, was stranded in a sweltering Los Angeles hotel room as he conjured up the tale.

The scriptwriter said he had a mental block until he took measures to change the atmosphere by turning up the air conditioning.

Moffat was stuck in LA during the air travel chaos earlier this year due to the Icelandic volcano which grounded flights. But tight deadlines meant the script had to be put together while he was there.

Writing in the Christmas edition of Radio Times about the experience, he said: "Two days of writing nothing, and I took emergency measures.

"I downloaded every Christmas song I could find, closed all the curtains, and turned up the air conditioning to 'Doctor Zhivago', and sat at my desk in a big coat and mittens. And I thought of the rules of Christmas movies."

The two-week Christmas edition of Radio Times is on sale until December 27, and the Doctor Who special is screened on Christmas Day.

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