The fourth wall between television and its audience is these days, at best, an open window. But those who work on a show have to be careful when looking out, and “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat is no different.
“I don’t go on forums and stuff because that could be very unpleasant for me,” he says. “But there’s also some beautiful work being done. I like sometimes, to go onto YouTube actually and just see what they’ve been up to.
“My own television career is a result of getting excited about “Doctor Who” when I was a kid,” he continues, “so I take great satisfaction and joy in the fact that it still happens, that our audience doesn’t passively consume, it actually engages and makes things that will launch whole careers.”
Last season, the show incorporated a fan’s video to create new opening credits after Moffat saw it on YouTube. He offered a few other fanwork recommendations: