Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Steven Moffat on Doctor Who spoilers

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has spoken out regarding plot details being leaked online before the transmission of the episodes.

Moffat's comments come after a "fan" of the programme was invited to a press screening for the opening two-parter of the latest series and, despite being asked not to, posted the major plot details of the story on the Internet.

"You can imagine how much I hate them," he told BBC Radio 5 live. "It's only fans who do this, or they call themselves fans. I wish they could go and be fans of something else."

"It's heartbreaking in a way because you're trying to tell stories, and stories depend on surprise," said Moffat.

"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 [is heartbreaking].

"I just hope that guy never watched my show again, because that's a horrific thing to do."

He said the majority of Doctor Who fans were "spoiler-phobes" who refused to go online for fear of finding out any information in advance.

"They want to preserve the surprise," he said. "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."

(Source: BBC News)


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