The genius behind hit entertainment shows, Sherlock and Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, has come out and criticised fans of the show who have commented on the level of complexity, branding them as “stupid”.
Moffat even went as far as to say that both shows are no more complex than“Plotted soap operas” and those who said they were “too clever” need to pay more attention.
Moffat commented: “There’s been a weird backlash among, I presume, fairly stupid people about the fact the shows are complicated and clever, but they’re both huge international hits.
“We make no apology. Don’t expect to do the ironing; sit down, pay attention and think about it. Audiences like complexity.”
Sherlock, in particular, has been universally praised for its modern-day twist on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic, and has attracted so much acclaim that the USA are in the process of producing a similar concept show, based on the idea.
Doctor Who, on the other hand, has stayed very close to its original concept, projecting the hugely popular show into the 21st century with much critical acclaim.
Moffat added “They [viewers] follow intricately plotted soap operas all the time. It depresses me when people say, ‘It’s all far too clever’.”
As a final note, Moffat added that he had no intention of leaving either show at this stage, but will know when the time comes to move on to pastures new, stating: “The moment it’s time to stop on a show is not an ambiguous feeling – you just suddenly think, ‘I can’t do it anymore; I’ve had enough’.”
Doctor Who‘s seventh series will hit our screens sometime in the autumn, while Sherlock‘s third series will hopefully be back on our screens next year.
Watch Steven Moffat comparing the two hit shows in the clip below: