Writer defends Doctor Who from Stephen Fry's charges of 'infantilism'
Published 17/06/2010 | 09:42
The writer for Doctor Who has defended the show following comments from Stephen Fry who compared popular British television to junk food.
Steven Moffatt said the "high end" programme was designed to be watched by a family of all ages and rejected Fry's criticism that British television had been overcome with "infantilism".
He was speaking at a screening of the first part of the grand finale of this series of Doctor Who.
Asked about Fry's comments, Moffat said the actor was a big Doctor Who fan and joked he was trying to sound ''grown up''.
He said of Doctor Who: ''It was designed specifically to be a family programme, that's what it's for.
''It's the junction between the children's programmes and the adults' programmes.
''It's the one that everybody sits and watches. So it is for adults, it is for children, it's a rather brilliant idea, why don't we make a television programme that everybody wants to watch, very, very specifically.''
Referring to Fry's mention of chicken nuggets, Moffat said: ''This is very, very high end, very high quality show. [There] is absolutely no comparison to junk food at all and he knows it.
''That's Twitter he's thinking about.''
He concluded: ''I love Stephen and Stephen loves Doctor Who.''
The finale episode features Daleks, a wrestling match with a Cyberman head and Romans.
It also sees some familiar faces make a return and tear-jerking scenes involving the Doctor's assistant Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan.
The story begins with the return of Vincent van Gogh, who has painted a terrifying vision of the Tardis at the centre of an explosion.
The episode is titled The Pandorica Opens, the Pandorica being a Pandora's Box-like holder of the most feared things in the universe.
Matt Smith, who plays the Time Lord, admitted that the show's natural audience appeared to be children.
He said: ''It appeals to more than just children but I think its essence is for children.
''People who I meet who are most excited by watching it are kids.''
The screening took place at Bafta headquarters in London, the same venue where Fry argued on Tuesday night that heavily promoted shows like Doctor Who, while being good programmes, are for children.
During a question and answer session after his speech, Fry told the audience: ''If I wanted to be angry ... I would say infantilism's the problem...
''The only drama the BBC will boast about are Merlin and Doctor Who, which are fine but they're children's programmes.
''They're not for adults.
''And they're very good children's programmes, don't get me wrong, they're wonderfully written ... but they are not for adults.
''They are like a chicken nugget. Every now and again we all like it. Every now and again.''
:: Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens airs on BBC1 at 6.40pm on Saturday.