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Published on December 18th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

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.


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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+.

5 Responses to Doctor Who’s Intelligent Audience

  1. avatar Krumstets says:

    I think there should be a kind of Mensa test based around Doctor Who.

    I would probably do better on that then any standard IQ test and could then walk with my head held high knowing I had a relatively high IQ.

    Unlike now of course…

  2. avatar Ian O'Brien says:

    Interesting in the interview that Matt Smith said he has a year left and he assumes that some of next years episodes will be shown in 2013.

    • avatar gavinio says:

      The episodes probably will be shown in 2013, from what I can gather the production schedule has been changed so that the series will now start to be shown in the Autumn so that means they would over-run into 2013. I’m all for the show to be shown in the Autumn/Winter as it’s far more atmospheric when watching!

  3. avatar Ian O'Brien says:

    Steven Moffatt has said in DWM no series split, so its a bit puzzling what is going in.

    • avatar Cosmic Hobo says:

      The series will be broadcast in November and December 2012 and January 2013,with no break.

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