It is the inevitable consequence that when you’re writing a complex piece of work there are going to be some plot holes hanging around for the finished product. Some of these are real and some are imaginary, only there due to a lack of wits among the viewing audience. Steven Moffat, given that he creates two of the more dubiously air-tight shows in TV – Doctor Who and Sherlock – has been a particularly fine target for those who cry foul. Now, he’s responding to some of the allegations.
In a recent interview with BBC Radio 2, Moffat had this to say:
“I think people have come to think a plot hole is something which isn’t explained on screen. A plot hole is actually something that can’t be explained. Sometimes you expect the audience to put two and two together for themselves. For Sherlock, and indeed Doctor Who, I’ve always made the assumption that the audience is clever.”
Admittedly, unseen threads can be perceived as plot holes. There have been many times where I’ve heard people complaining that they “didn’t get it” while I myself thought the answers were obvious. But when you throw too many unseen threads together in one bundle, even the cleverest of the audience can end up completely lost. I’ve never seen that in Sherlock, but with Doctor Who it has become a regular bit of trouble.
So what say you, Nerd Readers? Is Moffat overdoing it with the mystery and vagaries of the writing on these shows? Or do we just need to put on our thinking caps before we sit down to watch them?
Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.