extant doctor who cbs 'Extant' inspired by 'Doctor Who' and Steven Moffat

When Mickey Fisher set out to create “Extant,” he had someone else in mind as he shaped the story: The Doctor. That’s right, Fisher had “Doctor Who” on the mind, early on during the writing process.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Fisher says, “While I was writing the pilot, because I’m a big ‘Doctor Who’ fan, I had a Post-it note on the corner of my monitor that said, “WWSMD; what would Steven Moffat do?'” It turned out to be a good motivator, as he continues, “The answer was always, ‘He would just write it better,’ so I kind of just kept trying to do that.”
The philosophy Fisher worked under was “write the thing you want to watch. And so I really just set out to write the show that I would want to see and it’s kind of a reflection of a lot of things that I was watching at the time, or about things that I was really interested in,” he says.
In the end, there was a bit of common ground with “Doctor Who,” as he explains, “[‘Doctor Who’] has such a great heart at the center of it, and I think that was really important to me. It’s not a dystopian world. We want [‘Extant’] to be something that people could relate to, this story about this family that people would appreciate.”

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