Steven Moffat: Every supervillain in literature and movies after Moriarty was a copy of Moriarty. Goldfinger talks like Moriarty. So much so that we had to go for a Moriarty that was a bit different. ‘Cause by the time we came along, he was a cliché.
Lars Feilberg (moderator): So, so what did you do, what… What was your thoughts on creating that?
Moffat: Suicide bomber. That’s what we’re scared of now. People who don’t value their own lives.
Mark Gatiss: That’s the big thing with… and I think what people find so alarming about Andrew, Andrew Scott who plays him, who’s such a charming and funny man, but he can turn—he can twist it like that. I mean, not in real life. He’s just very playful and very light and then he just—something happens in his eyes and as Steve says it’s because… It’s what we’re really afraid of is, is there are no—there are no stakes to these people. He, he has a death wish. He’s trying to, trying to push away the commonplaces of existence, which is why he is like Sherlock Holmes. He’s trying to find something that stops him from being bored. And, uh, ultimately even Sherlock Holmes disappoints him. So, um, he doesn’t, he doesn’t care what happens to him. And in the end he blows his head off to prove a point. Which is what, you know, what suicide bombers do.