In the fight for quality drama there can be only one winner; Doctor Who! Enter the arena, Steven Moffat; who has retaliated to claims by erudite sparring partner Stephen Fry of the â€˜infantilismâ€™ of British TV- by defending Doctor Who as a show for the whole family.
Moffat responding to claims by Fry that shows like Doctor Who and Merlin were â€˜Chicken Nuggetsâ€™ at the BAFTA screening of The Pandorica Opens, said that the high end show could not be compared to â€˜junk foodâ€™.
“The comparison with chicken nuggets? This is very, very high-end, very, very high-quality show. It has absolutely no comparison with junk food at all and Stephen knows it. That’s Twitter he’s thinking about! Stephen loves Doctor Who so don’t worry about it.”
“Doctor Who was designed specifically to be a family programme. That’s what it’s for. It’s the junction between the children’s programmes and the adults’ programmes. It’s the one that everybody sits and watches.”
He also joked that Fry was just trying to sound â€˜grown upâ€™.
Stephen Fry criticised the BBC at the Annual BAFTA Television Lecture yesterday, commenting that the old Auntie Beeb should make adult dramas that were not â€˜pompous and â€˜academicâ€™ but that â€˜surprisedâ€™ and â€˜astonishedâ€™ audiences.
Which in Moffat’s and most Who fans sounds vaguely like a certain 13 part series that airs on Saturday nights.
“It’s a rather brilliant idea. Why don’t they make a television programme that everybody wants to watch? We should do that more often. It surprised me that it took me until I was 47 to be working on a show like that.â€
Fry was scheduled to write an episode of Who for the second series but the un-produced script was dropped and replaced by (2006 episode) Fear Her, the lowest ranking episode of the new breed of Who in the Doctor Who Magazine poll of the 200 best episodes – coming in a lowly 192nd .
Fry also played the role of The Minister of Chance in 2001â€™s Seventh Doctor Webcast series Death Comes to Time.
The Pandorica Opens airs this Saturday at 18:40 on BBC 1 and BBC HD.