This post is speculation and discussion that includes the last episodes of Sherlock season 2 and Doctor Who season 7. If you’ve yet to see both then there may be the evil spoilers of doom.
I’m not sure there’s much evidence for this but folks on Tumblr are beginning to ask; “Does Steven Moffat have a people falling off buildings fetish?”
This is not the first time I’ve seen this sort of discussion heat up and then fade away. We’ve already seen a flash in the pan debate as to whether Moffat has a mother fetish.
So, what’s the argument that Steven Moffat might have a thing about people falling off buildings?
The most recent season of Sherlock ended, in an episode called “Reichenback Fall”, with Holmes falling off a building. He seemed to die – but not really.
The last Doctor Who episode before Christmas, the Ponds final episode, The Angels Take Manhattan, nearly ended with Amy and Rory falling off a building and dying – but not really.
Actually, in both cases, no one fell of a building. In Sherlock and Doctor Who, our heroes jumped off a building in order to save the people they cared about. Perhaps Tumblr should be asking whether Steven Moffat has a thing about people jumping off buildings or people sacrificing themselves for others?
The Doctor: Just had a fall. All the way down there, right to the library. Heck of a climb back up.
Amelia: You’re soaking wet.
The Doctor: I was in the swimming pool.
Amelia: You said you were in the library.
The Doctor: So was the swimming pool.
The behind the scenes docu-short on episode 5, in Doctor Who, was called A Fall with Grace but we don’t even know if Moffat came up with the title.
What do you think? Is there any evidence beyond the ending of these two seasons (or mid-season, in Doctor Who’s case) to suggest that The Moff puts particular emphasis on the significance of a fall or a jump?
Or is this just Tumblr spraffing nonsense again?