I have already said my piece on spoilers, but this morning, I noticed I was not alone in such matters. Steven Moffat, Doctor Who‘s Executive Producer, was quoted as saying on BBC Radio 5 that he wishes fans who post spoilers would go and be fans of something else instead. His comments came after the plot of the first two episodes of the new season found their way online after a press event to promote the premiere.
Moffat said that stories depended on surprise, and that it was heartbreaking when “twits,” ruined it by giving the story away too soon.
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,” he said. “I just hope [the spoiler poster] never watched my show again, because that’s a horrific thing to do.
In defense of Moffat’s statements, the fifth Doctor, Colin Baker, had this to say on Twitter:
Entirely support S Moffatt’s stance on spoilers. Hard enough avoiding talk of shows recorded but not watched, without deliberate spoilers.
I hope that the fans that would spoil the series for others take this to heart. In the end, it’s about us, as fans of the series, respecting each other. After all, isn’t that what the Doctor would want?