Moffat calls critics "stupid"

Hey you, concentrate, stop texting and try to follow the subtleties of what we are trying to convey here. That was the gist of Steven Moffat’s remarks, responding to a suggestion that his shows Sherlock and Doctor Who might be prone to a spot of over-elaboration.

The Sherlock co-creator and Doctor Who show-runner is being honoured by BAFTA and took the opportunity to suggest that critics of his shows must be "fairly stupid". Moffat said there was no intention that plots would get simpler.

"There's been a weird backlash among, I presume, fairly stupid people about the fact the shows are complicated and clever," he said, "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. They follow intricately plotted soap operas all the time. It depresses me when people say, 'It's all far too clever'."

Ratings for both shows remain high enough to support Moffat’s claims, and international sales have been an important source of income for the BBC.

There’s a clamour for more Sherlock episodes after the last series only ran to three feature-length specials. Doctor Who returns for a new series in the autumn, but Moffat insists he’s not in imminent danger of creative burnout, and has no plans to step back from the series. "The moment it's time to stop on a show is not an ambiguous feeling - you suddenly think, 'I can't do it anymore; I've had enough."

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