Doctor Who boss Steven Moffatt blasts "vandal" who leaked new plots
Doctor Who boss blasts “vandal” who leaked plot to new episodes
1:24 PM on 11th May 2011
Heartbreaking: Steven Moffat said he hated fans who revealed Doctor Who plots online
Doctor Who series boss Steven Moffatt has blasted fans who leak details of plots, accusing them of “vandalism”.
He spoke out after the entire plot of a two-episode opener to the latest run of the BBC1 show was posted online prior to broadcast.
Moffatt, the creative force behind the show and its executive producer, said the shows depended on shocks for their success.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “You can imagine how much I hate them. I wish they could go and be fans of something else.”
It is thought those who gave away the plot had been invited to a preview screening but had been specifically asked not to blow the plotline. However they were posted online shortly afterwards.
“It”s heartbreaking in a way because you”re trying to tell stories, and stories depend on surprise, Moffat said.
So to have some twit who came to a press launch, write up a story in theworst, most ham-fisted English you can imagine, and put it on the internet…I just hope that guy never watched my show again, because that”s a horrific thing to do.”
Most fans of the Time Lord went out of their way to avoid having the plot ruined in advance, he said.
“They want to preserve the surprise,” he said. “The tragedy is you have to work hard at that now.”
Moffattcontinued: “Stories depend on shocking people. Stories are the moments that you didn”t see coming, that are what live in you and burn in you forever.
“If you are denied those, it”s vandalism.”
Surprise: Moffat said that Doctor Who – which recently returned to screens – depended on shocks for its success
The latest series of the show has reportedly had disappointing viewing figures, with fans questioning whether the plotlines are too scary for its large family audience.
Concerns were raised following the opening episode of the series, particularly the scene in which an alien called Silent killed a member of White House staff.
Moffat recently admitted the first episode of the new series was ‘darker’ than any previous series opener. However, he added: ‘Children absolutely rank Doctor Who stories in order of frightening-ness – that’swhat it’s about. I’ve got two kids of my own and I’d never do anything Ididn’t think was acceptable for them.’
Scary: Fans questioned whether the episode featuring a Silent alien was suitable for family viewing
Some fans also say the plots have become too complicated and involved, but others say it is important for the show to experiment.
A BBC spokesman said: ‘Doctor Who is a show for all the family. It’s well known for getting viewers hiding behind their sofas and children expect episodes to provide scares and thrills.
‘Doctor Who is never gruesome, cold-blooded or gratuitously violent. All content is carefully considered for a pre-watershed audience.’