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Published on September 11th, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Steven Moffat Quits Twitter

Saying goodbye to Twitter for the foreseeable future is the extremely busy Steven Moffat who confounded fans looking to mention him in their praise for Dinosaurs on a Spaceship this Saturday when he quit the social media site.

Despite mentioning days previous that he was looking for a way to limit who could follow or tweet him, according to his wife and producing partner at Hartswood Films, Sue Vertue, took to Twitter to say Moffat simply doesn’t have time to tweet anymore:

However, the eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted that the account mentioned in her tweet isn’t Steven Moffat’s – its an older, fake account - leading to this very telling reply:

Now, it could just be a general comment on the trolling, dishonest and downright rude faction of Twitter users who spread insults on the site or it could be just a little piece of the abuse that Moffat has clearly had enough of.

Whatever his reasons, only time will tell if Moffat decides to one day to reengage true Doctor Who fans who don’t bait the show’s fantastic creative team.


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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.

5 Responses to Steven Moffat Quits Twitter

  1. avatar Ian McArdell says:

    Sadly, I’ve seen comment suggesting that his reasons for deleting the account were due to some rather direct and threatening messages. Regardless of people’s opinions of a script, casting or the direction of the show, it’s no excuse for this kind of behaviour. Sadly, the wider community of fans lose out on this little window that occasionally gave us a hint of what goes on in that Moffat mind. A shame.

    • I did wonder about this, but wasn’t able to find anything myself to back it up.

      Pretty disgusting behaviour, frankly. If you’re reading this and you’re responsible, go read a different website – we don’t want you here.

  2. avatar Gavin Noble says:

    I kind of think though that if you’re engaging with the fans when being so high profile then you’re asking for trouble. Who history shows that – you only have to look at JNT. I’m not condoning the behaviour of those who do the cross the line but you have to take the rough with the smooth when online. For all the decent people out there, there are some absolute morons as well.

  3. avatar Ian McArdell says:

    I think there’s a line between constructive criticism of an episode and the kind of forum ranting that goes on GB and similar places.

    Sadly direct access to the creators of the show makes people feel they can express their opinion in direct terms. Personally, if I disliked an episode, the last thing I’d think of doing would be to contact its creator and tell them so.

    I guess you’re right Gavin, there’s an element of ‘take the rough with the smooth, and that’s what the block button is for. One can only assume this crossed the line much further, or annoyed to the extent that he felt it was disruptive.

    Christian – Phil Ford’s twitter account should illuminate you.

    • Oh, I see Twitter has unfollowed Phil Ford again… 8)

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