Moffat addressed the backlash directed against the new Doctor's assistant Pearl Mackie after she announced her character would be gay.
‘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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'Doctor Who' star Capaldi is quitting the show alongside chief writer Moffat later this year, and he defended their track record.
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 Capaldi defended his 'Doctor Who' colleague Steven Moffat
'Doctor Who' showrunner Moffat said that it had happened before the appointment of Peter Capaldi in 2013.
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 Moffat, the lead writer and showrunner of 'Doctor Who'
The first 'Sherlock' episode to be set in Victorian London.
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.
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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When he was offered the lead role in the runaway hit series 'Sherlock', the actor was initially minded to say no.
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!
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in 'Sherlock'
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The showrunner gave little away about the upcoming special episode during the TCA press tour.
‘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.
Sherlock 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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The ‘Game of Thrones’ actress will guest star on the series next season.
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 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.
McCoy, who played the Doctor from 1987-1989, reckons it would upset the on-screen chemistry between the Time Lord and his assistant.
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 McCoy doesn't believe 'Doctor Who' can be a woman
The stand-alone episode is rumoured to be airing round the Christmas period in 2015.
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.
The BBC released this image from the forthcoming 'Sherlock' Victorian special
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Peter Davison admits it's a likely possibility.
'Doctor Who' fans everywhere can sleep easy in the knowledge that the sci-fi series could go on 'indefinitely', according to former star Peter Davison - and we have to say, we're rather inclined to agree, especially since it has seen a complete overhaul once already.
Peter Capaldi is the current incarnation of the Doctor
The show's producer Steven Moffat revealed earlier this year that the series would definitely continue for five more years, but it seems other people are much more confident than that. After BBC drama boss Ben Stephenson suggested it could go on another 50 years, former Doctor Peter Davison took it one step further insisting to BANG Showbiz that he thinks 'it will go on fairly indefinitely' as long as the fans stay devoted and the producers stay committed. We think he's got a point and have come up with seven top reasons why the Timelord will continue to travel through time.
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