Doctor Who chief Steven Moffat

Doctor Who’s Intelligent Audience

Doctor Who chief Steven Moffat

Doctor Who star Matt Smith and series producer and writer Steven “The Grand Moff” Moffat were guests on Richard Bacon’s Radio Five Live show last Thursday, discussing the series and promoting the coming Christmas special, The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe.

One of the many topics that was discussed was whether or not Series 6 was too complicated for viewers. Steven Moffat was unapologetic, and for good reason; as far as he’s concerned, treating the audience as living, breathing, thinking, self-aware creatures is nothing to be ashamed of.

“The assumption that the audience is intelligent has paid off hugely for us, not just on Doctor Who, but on Sherlock. I’m doing two shows that assume the audience is reasonably smart, and they’re both doing incredibly well. Maybe the news is that people are clever.”

It’s an interesting point of view, one that will no doubt draw some interesting comments from people who claim experience of or contact with friends, relatives, etc., who claim that they’ve become “bored” with the heavy focus on time travel in this adventure series about, um, time travel. Matt Smith also seemed to have been surprised by these stories of boredom.

“Listen, people take from any series what they want. In America they embrace the complexities, because it has that kind of science-fiction culture where they like all those hidden meanings, messages and all the rest of it.”

You can catch up with everything Matt and Moffat had to say on Richard Bacon’s show via BBC iPlayer until 4.02pm on Thursday, 22nd December 2011.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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