Doctor Who chief Steven Moffat has issued a fairly intense dig at anyone who attempts to ruin the suspense of the show by revealing secrets before a story goes out on air. This happened recently, when an invited guest at a press screening of the ‘Day Of The Moon’ series opener, immediately went onto a fan forum and blabbed the lot.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s heartbreaking in a way because you’re trying to tell stories, and stories depend on surprise. So to have some twit who came to a press launch, write up a story in the worst, most ham-fisted English you can imagine, and put it on the internet…”
You’ve got to love that little extra dig, haven’t you? Not only did that person spill the beans, but they didn’t even have the gumption to make it an entertaining read!
He continued: “You can imagine how much I hate them. It’s only fans who do this, or they call themselves fans. I wish they could go and be fans of something else.”
“I just hope that guy never watched my show again, because that’s a horrific thing to do.”
Steven went on to say that most Whovians he’s encountered actively try not to find out what’s going to happen on the show before it, y’know, happens on the show. He even coined a name for them, “spoilerphobes.”
He explained: “They want to preserve the surprise. The tragedy is you have to work hard at that now.”
“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.”
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