Doctor Who Executive Producer Steven Moffat has given an exclusive interview to HeyUGuys.co.uk about his well-received Sherlock re-imagining (co-written with Mark Gatiss) and of course Doctor Who.
There is plenty to read, from The Grand Moff’s thoughts on Russell T Davies’ The Writer’s Tale to the future of British television and his own future, as well as the typical comparisons between Sherlock Holmes and the Doctor.
However it is the question of ratings, and Steven Moffat’s reaction to recent reports, that are of most interest. On the matter of whether Sherlock will eventually spawn a full series (it is currently 3 feature length episodes), Moffat put the ball in the court of the viewers pretty much said that it is down to a decision based on viewer reaction and ratings:
SM: …we faced it all the time on Doctor Who: itâ€™s got to retain itâ€™s ratings. Which it did, by the way, despite entirely fallacious, completely made up news stories. Bastards. I was tearing into them saying: â€˜You canâ€™t just make our ratingsâ€™.
HUG: People were saying it wasnâ€™t doing as well as thought?
SM: Well there was a whole news story, which was remarkable in ratings in that since itâ€™s come back, itâ€™s barely changed.
HUG: If anything I thought it would have gone up.
SM: If you were allowed to include iPlayer, then it has. Youâ€™re not allowed to include iPlayer
It isn’t entirely clear why iPlayer isn’t included in audience figures, although it may be down to the fact that BBC iPlayer allows delayed viewing of specific BBC content only; until a universal system is adopted, it is unlikely that iPlayer will be a factor in audience totals.