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'Doctor Who' writer against show spoilers

By and Catriona Wightman
Mark Gatiss

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Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss has spoken out against plot spoilers.

Showrunner Steven Moffat recently admitted that it feels "heartbreaking" when story details leak prior to broadcast.

"I'm a great believer in the beauty and the power of surprise," Gatiss told DS. "I know myself, as a viewer, I don't want to know these things.

"As much as you think you do, the moment after you've been told you are crushingly disappointed, because it's never a surprise."

The Sherlock co-creator nominated the 2007 Doctor Who episode 'Gridlock' as a great example of the show's capacity to surprise viewers.

"In the end, the creatures that are feasting off people are these giant crabs [and] just because he could, [writer] Russell [T Davies] made them the Macra, who featured in a 1967 Patrick Troughton story," he explained. "When David [Tennant] looks through the fog and says 'Macra', my hair stood on end! That's the power of surprise!"

Doctor Who continues this Saturday on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US.

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