Doctor Who head writer Steven Moffat has hit out at fans of the show who leak plot spoilers.
In an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live, an angry Moffat said, “You can imagine how much I hate them… It’s only fans who do this – or they call themselves fans. I wish they could go and be fans of something else.”
Before the new series of Doctor Who began on 23 April, a fan who had been invited to a press launch posted the entire plot of the opening two-part adventure on an internet forum, despite the audience being explicitly asked prior to the screening not to reveal spoilers.
“It’s heartbreaking in a way because you’re trying to tell stories, and stories depend on surprise,” said Moffat. “So to have some twit who came to a press launch write up a story in the worst, most ham-fisted English you can imagine, and put it on the internet… that’s a horrific thing to do.”
Moffat said that keeping episode details secret was key to viewers’ enjoyment of the show and that most Doctor Who fans were “spoiler-phobes”.
“They want to preserve the surprise. Stories depend on shocking people… Stories are the moments that you didn’t see coming, that are what live in you and burn in you forever.
“If you are denied those, it’s vandalism.”
Audio clip: hear Steven Moffat’s full rant on the subject