Steven Moffat denies 'Sherlock' will prevent full quota of new episodes for Timelord

The BBC‘s controller, Danny Cohen, has claimed that more episodes of crime series Sherlock will mean less episodes of family science fiction show Dr. Who.

Talking at a media conference in Derbyshire, Cohen said of Moffat‘s hectic schedule, “There’s only so many hours a day he can be awake. The man has to sleep and eat, and he’s got a family.”

But via his Twitter account, head writer Steven Moffat strenuously denied the claims that the updated Holmes stories were getting in the way of more Dr. Who, labelling them “misquotes and misunderstandings”.

He tweeted, “The scheduling of Dr Who has got NOTHING to with Sherlock. On the plus side THE BBC SPELLED MY NAME RIGHT!!!!”


Earlier this month Moffat had announced, again via Twitter, that the 14 episodes of Dr. Who were a definite go.

“14 eps + Matt DEFINITELY. I’ve got a plan and I’m NOT TELLING YOU WHAT IT IS. Now hush or River shoots you with her Spoiler Gun.#formaqueue”

Doctor Who is currently in the middle of a mid-season break and will return to screens later in the year.

Last month Sherlock picked up BAFTA‘s for Best Drama and Best Supporting Actor for Martin Freeman.

Holmes star Benedict Cumberbatch and his Dr Watson, Freeman, are set to do battle in The Hobbit, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.