Yesterday we reported on the Who Against Guns campaign, which organizers hope will “encourage Doctor Who fans to take action against gun violence.” Inspired by the growing culture of gun violence in the United States and the Stoneman Douglas shooting in Florida, a group of over 40 fans, including professional Doctor Who artists, writers, and podcasters have teamed to produce an exclusive commentary series on the 1969 Classic Who serial “The War Games.”
The series will only be available for download to fans who donate $10 or more to a charity aiming to prevent gun violence.
It’s been announced today that former Doctor Who showrunner and writer Steven Moffat is joining the effort–but only if fans donate a total of $7000 by March 12. If that total is reached in time, Moffat will provide a special commentary on episode 10 of “The War Games.”
As of press time, the campaign has raised over $3400 dollars.
He joins a growing roster of professional Doctor Who scribes that have signed on to Who Against Guns, lending their thoughts to a commentary which includes Paul Cornell (“Human Nature”, “Family of Blood”) Jamie Mathieson (“Oxygen”, “Flatline”), Andrew Smith (“Full Circle”), and Peter Harness (“The Zygon Invasion”, “Kill The Moon”).
Comic professionals have also lent their efforts to the campaign. Titan Comic artists Rachael Stott (Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor), and Simon Fraser (Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor) are among those commentating, as are a number of Doctor Who podcasters.
Graeme Burk, whose Reality Bomb podcast is among those contributors, had this to say about Moffat’s involvement:
When we told Steven Moffat about Who Against Guns and the massive response we’ve had from a grassroots social media fundraising effort,” said Burk, “there was no hesitation. He responded immediately and enthusiastically. Because this campaign is special. Doctor Who fans are doing what they can with what they have to help make an important change. And that’s really humbling and incredible.”
Who Against Guns suggests that fans consider the following gun violence prevention charities for their donation of $10 or more: March For Our Lives, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Moms Demand Action. They need only forward a copy of their donation receipt to Who Against Guns to receive access to the exclusive podcast when it’s released on March 12.
More information on the Who Against Guns campaign can be found here, and you can follow the group on Twitter at #whoagainstguns as well. This article’s author is among those providing commentary to the podcast.