Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has blasted the BBC for canceling the series back in 1989, calling it “outright stupidity and unforgivable blindness.” Ouch!
Writing in an issue of Radio Times, Moffat said:
“Ah, 50 years. What can one say about 50 years of Doctor Who? Well, first of all, one can be pedantic. Doctor Who hasn’t been on for 50 years – owing to the outright stupidity and unforgiveable blindness of the BBC (sorry guys, it needs to be said), there was a 16-year gap.”
However Moffat was quick to point out that Who was kept alive thanks to the love of its fans, magazines and the audio adventures. Still, according to Moffat:
“That gap is important. It confers something very special on this most special of all shows: immortality. Doctor Who, for once and for all, is the show that comes back. Axe it at your peril, someone like me is going to call you a fool, and lots of people like you are going to read along and nod.”
Annnd Ouch with a capital O again!
Steven Moffat then suggests that the “audience just said no” in regard to Doctor Who’s cancellation in 1989 in a manner unseen before on U.K. TV, meaning that the show “just kept on going.” Moffat then adds:
“While the BBC folded its arms and shook its head, there were books by the likes of Russell T Davies, Mark Gatiss and Paul Cornell. There were audio adventures, starring all the old Doctors. There was an action-packed American tele-film, and endless rumours of Hollywood movies. Doctor Who Magazine, whose purpose was to document the making of the TV show, carried on perfectly happily without the TV show being made."
Do you believe Moffat is right to call on the BBC for canceling the beloved sci-fi series back in 1989? Or do you think Auntie Beeb made the right decision, since Doctor Who was clearly struggling at the time?
(via Radio Times)