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Steven Moffat: Doctor Who criticism gets me down

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Steven Moffat: Doctor Who criticism gets me down

Steven Moffat admits he sometimes lets 'Doctor Who' trolls get to him.

The showrunner tries to ignore criticism of his work on the long-running BBC sci-fi programme but revealed that sometimes he finds it hard to forget.

He told Doctor Who magazine: "I suppose, being honest - because we're all human and fragile - some of the blows do land. I remember, not long ago, feeling a bit grim, about some vicious remarks. Stupidly and childishly, I'd let them get to me."

However, he insisted he doesn't judge all fans by the "occasional attention-seeking ranter".

He said: "The fact is, you don't judge the newspaper, or people in general, by the standards of those comments sections, so why would you judge 'Doctor Who' fandom by the occasional attention-seeking ranter? I have always found [fans] to be clever, funny, articulate and more than usually friendly.

"And perfectly and humorously aware that knowing every detail about an early Saturday evening adventure serial is a pleasant but extremely daft thing to do. May it be daft forever!"

Meanwhile, after revealing the show will continue for at least five more years, the award-winning producer recently said its popularity tricks viewers into thinking success has been "easy" to achieve, but the secret is actually good casting.

Steven - who is currently working with Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord - said: "It's not easy to find new people. It's not easy to find new Doctors. That could be the danger - that you start to think that it's easy. There's nothing easy about doing 'Doctor Who'."