Moffat on Ratings Storm

The Grand Moff has dismissed the low overnight ratings of the recent series of Doctor Who as unimportant.

Doctor Who chief Steven MoffatMoffat made the comments in a video posted on YouTube by his son Joshua (posting as ‘armytedd’) who filmed his family as they prepared to watch last Saturdays finale The Big Bang.

The overnight ratings for this fantastic episode suggest that it had underperformed but when collated with the timeshift data, the show has been higher than before.

Moffat believes the way people are watching television is changing;

“That is something that’s becoming very, very important to television. Everything in television used to be about the overnight and the ratings the following morning, the rating that we’ll hear tomorrow morning used to be so important and now it isn’t because so many people are watching on iPlayer, so many are catching it up later.

“They no long think they have to watch when we tell them so if it’s hot outside like it is now – damn you! – then people stand there with their barbecue forks and say, ‘Ah, let’s toss some more hamburgers and we’ll watch it later,’ and quite right too.”

As a viewer Moffat added that he prefers to watch each episode as it airs and ‘gets very grumpy’ when he’s interrupted (who doesn’t?)

See Moffat grilled by his own mini Paxman.

Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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