Gatiss on ‘The Power of Surprise’

You’ve already felt the wrath of The Moffinator, a Show Runner sent from Scotland to destroy spoiling non-fans of Doctor Who who attend press launches and subsequently spill every detail on the Internet – well now he has a partner-in-hate, Who writer and Gentleman Mark Gatiss.

Speaking in a more calm but no less exasperated tone Gatiss told Digital Spy of his disappointment in such fan’s misplaced enthusiasm:

“I’m a great believer in the beauty and the power of surprise. I know myself, as a viewer, I don’t want to know these things. As much as you think you do, the moment after you’ve been told you are crushingly disappointed, because it’s never a surprise.”

Gatiss, who has written the upcoming Series 6 episode What Are Little Boys Made Of? cites Series 3 episode Gridlock as one example of a beautiful surprise:

“In the end, the creatures that are feasting off people are these giant crabs [and] just because he could, [writer] Russell [T Davies] made them the Macra, who featured in a 1967 Patrick Troughton story [The Macra Terror]. When David [Tennant] looks through the fog and says ‘Macra’, my hair stood on end! That’s the power of surprise!”

Spoilers are called “spoilers” for a reason, people: when leaked too early, they spoil.


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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