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Published on January 9th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Moffat Rules Out Twitter Return

Remember last year when Steven Moffat quit Twitter? At the time it was largely blamed on a particularly rude comment (or string of comments), but it seems more than likely that the Doctor Who executive producer and lead writer found himself reaching a “tipping point” with the social network.

This week, the man we call The Grand Moff turned up on YouTube to chat to a young chap called Armytedd about a number of things – including Twitter, and his reasons for quitting the day-to-day exposure to fans (and haters).

If I took to heart all the stuff that was said about me on Twitter I’d be extremely happy because most of it is very, very nice indeed.

It’s just… well, I need as few distractions as possible. Writing is hard and sometimes rather dull so I just need to isolate myself from all that.

Incidentally, “Armytedd” is the son of Steven Moffat, and he makes a rather good interviewer. Let’s hope he can move on from grilling his dad, though, and progress to Time Lords!

You can catch this video and many others on our YouTube channel, available via our new Kasterborous TV page!

Meanwhile, if you wish to leave questions for The Grand Moff, head to YouTube via the button on the video above and cross your fingers that the big man of Doctor Who gets to answer them!


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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+.

4 Responses to Moffat Rules Out Twitter Return

  1. avatar Paul says:

    Why would this egotistical maniac want to go back to Twitter?

  2. avatar gruff says:

    Less Twitter more/better output?

    Maybe he’ll have more time to fight for more episodes for the 51st year!

    BTW tried finding the video on the YouTube channel but the most recent was about a year old. I’ve subscribed anyway :)

  3. avatar Andrew says:

    I think Steven Moffat is wise to abandon Twitter and distance himself from fandom. Whilst most of us are loyal and supportive, there are plenty of extreme examples whom are totally unhinged and don’t understand the complexities of script writing, and see themselves as the police of fandom. There are some out there who somehow think Doctor Who belongs to them and it’s for them to dictate what happens to the show.

  4. avatar Viv says:

    Judging by the bile that is often spilled out by forums such as Planet Moron and Gallifrey Base, I can imagine that his Twitter presence was utterly untenable. Many Dr Who fans do themselves little in the way of good with their disgracefully executed Cyber-opinions. I joined one of the above mentioned forums last year, and left in disgust. Some of the things said on there about the people and the show we all love were beyond sickening. Including a thread about how they would like to ‘do away’ with Nick Briggs. Fanboy envy ? And when I say ‘do away’ – yes, I mean just that ! As with all things in life, the twisted abhorent few ruin it for the rest of us.

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