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Steven Moffat Talks About Starving The Fans Of Doctor Who

It’s well known that the fans of Sherlock have it hard with over a year to wait for each series. Moffat explains why this helps to keep the show alive and that this is the reason for Doctor Who’s scheduling change.

“I don’t know, on this occasion, that the thinking particularly came
from me, actually. I’ve always been open to anything that shakes [the
series] up. I think that decision actually came from the BBC.  

“But I’ve been well up for anything that we can do to shake up the
transmission pattern, the way we deliver it to the audience and how long
we make the audience wait, simply because that makes Doctor Who an event piece.

“The more Doctor Who becomes a perennial, the faster it
starts to die. You’ve got to shake it up, you’ve got to keep people on
edge and wondering when it will come back.

Sherlock is the prime example, as far as that goes. Sherlock almost exists on starving its audience. By the time it came back this year, Sherlock was like a rock star re-entering the building!

“So keeping Doctor Who as an event, and never making people feel, ‘Oh, it’s lovely, reliable old Doctor Who
– it’ll be on about this time, at that time of year’. Once you start to
do that, just slowly, it becomes like any much-loved ornament in your
house – ultimately invisible. And I don’t want that to ever be the

Hopefully he won’t make us wait over a year for Series 8! If you want to know about Moffat bidding farewell to Karen Gillian (Amy) and Authur Darvill (Rory), or if you’re even craving for news on Sherlock click [here] to view the full interview.