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'Doctor Who' Showrunner Steven Moffat Brushes Off Gay Assistant Backlash


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Doctor Who’ writer Steven Moffat has dismissed the controversy that greeted the recent news that the Timelord’s assistant will be a gay woman as “nonsense”, saying that the move was the “minimal level of representation” that TV should be making.

Cast newcomer Pearl Mackie, who is to play Bill Potts in the tenth series of the revived BBC sci-fi favourite later this month on April 15th, revealed earlier this week that her character will be the Doctor’s first openly gay companion.

However, addressing the backlash, the Guardian reports on Wednesday (April 5th) that he doesn’t understand “all the fuss” that was made after Mackie’s announcement.

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Peter Capaldi Defends 'Doctor Who' Showrunner Steven Moffat From Misogyny Claims


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As they both prepare to exit ‘Doctor Who’ at the end of the upcoming series in 2017, the show’s star Peter Capaldi has defended its chief writer and showrunner Steven Moffat from accusations of misogyny from some quarters.

Moffat’s tenure as the BBC show’s head is coming to an end soon, when he’ll be replaced by Chris Chibnall (of ‘Doctor Who’s sister show ‘Torchwood’ and ITV’s ‘Broadchurch’). However, while many fans have praised Moffat, some have accused him of misogyny and not including enough female characters or storylines around relevant issues.

Peter CapaldiPeter Capaldi defended his 'Doctor Who' colleague Steven Moffat

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Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss at the San Diego Comic-Con Photocall for Sherlock. San Diego, California, United States - Monday 25th July 2016

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Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Amanda Abbington, Sue Vertue and Benedict Cumberbatch

Steven Moffat Hints That Matt Smith Could Return To 'Doctor Who'


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Doctor Who’ showrunner Steven Moffat has hinted that Matt Smith could become the first Doctor to make a return to the series. Smith left the show in 2013 and was replaced by Peter Capaldi, but according to Moffat the actor wishes he'd never left.

Matt SmithCould Matt Smith be returning to ‘Doctor Who’?

The Mirror reports that Moffat said Smith is “quite open about how much he misses it, and how much he wishes he hadn’t left”. The showrunner admitted Smith’s decision to leave three years ago was a “tough time”.

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Steven Moffat Reveals 'Doctor Who' Role Was Once Offered To A Black Actor


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Doctor Who’ executive producer Steven Moffat has revealed that the role of the Doctor has previously been offered to a black actor, but that “for various reasons, it didn’t work out”.

In an interview for the BBC programme’s official magazine this week, Moffat said that the flagship show had “no excuse” not to offer more diversity in its casting, and that the recent announcement of stage actress Pearl Mackie – whose father is from the West Indies – as the Doctor’s companion was made after they had failed in their original intention.

Steven MoffatSteven Moffat, the lead writer and showrunner of 'Doctor Who'

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What You Need To Know About Sherlock Special 'The Abominable Bride'


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By now, fans are used to being drip fed episodes of 'Sherlock' - what more can you expect with two award-winning Hollywood actors in the lead roles? - but ever since Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss revealed the Victorian theme of the next Christmas special, fans have been gasping with thirst.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in 'Sherlock'Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman return to the 1800s in 'The Abominable Bride'

Now, the official title has been announced! Alongside a launch date (alas, AFTER Christmas). And yet, we're still rather in the dark about what to expect. Here's what we know so far:

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Steven Moffat - The 2015 TV Choice Awards held at the Hilton Park Lane - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 7th September 2015

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Benedict Cumberbatch Nearly Turned Down The Part Of Sherlock Holmes


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It’s the role that turned him into an international phenomenon, but Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that he initially came close to turning down ‘Sherlock’.

The English actor, who is currently juggling new fatherhood with playing the lead in ‘Hamlet’, admitted in an interview with CNN’s ‘Talk Asia’ news program on Friday (September 4th) that he had quite a few reservations about accepting the role of the ingenious detective because of the massive fame he thought the “populist role” would bring. He certainly turned out to be correct in that assumption!

SherlockBenedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in 'Sherlock'

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'Sherlock' Will Be More 'Polished' In Victorian Era, Says Steven Moffat


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‘Sherlock’ showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch’s character will be a little different once he’s transported back to the Victorian era in the show’s upcoming Christmas special. Speaking during the TCA press tour on Saturday, the writer gave away precious few details about the episode which sees Sherlock and Watson back in Victorian London.

SherlockSherlock and Dr Watson in the upcoming Victorian special.

When asked how the new setting might change Sherlock’s character Moffat said, “Sherlock is a little more polished. He operates like a Victorian gentleman instead of a posh, rude man. He’s a lot less brattish.” But as for Dr Watson, being back in Victorian Britain will cause Martin Freeman’s character to be ‘more uptight’, according to Moffat.

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'Doctor Who' Creator Steven Moffat Talks Maisie Williams' 'Brand New' Character


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Ever since ‘Game of Thrones’ actress Maisie Williams was announced as a guest star for the new season of ‘Doctor Who’, fans have been impatiently wondering who her character could be. But now showrunner Steven Moffat has opened up a little about what fans can expect when the young actress appears in the series later this year.

Maisie WilliamsMaisie Willams will guest star in ‘Doctor Who’s’ ninth season.

Appearing at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills Moffat was asked by the crowd who Williams is playing. Naturally the show runner didn't give too much a way but he did shed a little light on what fans have to look forward to.

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Sylvester McCoy Rubbishes Suggestion That 'Doctor Who' Can Be Played By A Woman


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Former ‘Doctor Who’ actor Sylvester McCoy has dismissed the idea that the time-travelling hero could be played by a woman, and that he’s “not convinced by the cultural need” for the role to be re-cast in such a way.

The 71 year old actor, who played the seventh incarnation of the Time Lord between 1987 and 1989, finished his stint in the role in the 1996 movie in which he was replaced by Paul McGann, believes that giving the lead role to a female would upset the chemistry in the scripts.

Sylvester McCoySylvester McCoy doesn't believe 'Doctor Who' can be a woman

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Image From New 'Sherlock' Victorian Special Released


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The BBC has given ‘Sherlock’ fans a little taster of the series’ upcoming Victorian special, releasing a picture of its two stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman dressed in period costume.

The picture shows Cumberbatch in a pretty severe and smart-looking waistcoat and suit reclining in a leather armchair, while a moustachioed Freeman is leaning against the chair and standing up.

Sherlock Victorian Special imageThe BBC released this image from the forthcoming 'Sherlock' Victorian special

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Steven Moffat - Photographs of a variety of stars as they arrived at the Women in Film and Television Awards which were held in London, United Kingdom - Friday 5th December 2014

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Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat - Doctor Who World Tour - Red carpet event at St David's Hall in Cardiff, Wales - Arrivals - Cardiff, United Kingdom - Thursday 7th August 2014

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Doctor Who and Cyberman
Doctor Who and Jenna Coleman
Doctor Who and Jenna Coleman
Doctor Who, Dalek and Tardis
Doctor Who and Cyberman

Steven Moffat and wife - The National Television Awards (NTA's) 2013 held at the O2 Arena - Arrivals London United Kingdom Wednesday 23rd January 2013

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Steven Moffat

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18th November, 1961

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