Doctor Who writer hits back at Fry criticism

Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat has hit back at Stephen Fry’s criticism of the “infantilism” of British TV, defending the show as one for all the family.

Moffat said the “high end” show could not be compared with junk food.

He was speaking at a screening of the first part of the grand finale of this series of Doctor Who.

The 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.

Asked about Fry’s comments, Moffat said Fry 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.”

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