Steven Moffat Offers Comments on Not Choosing a Female ‘Doctor Who’

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For two months, Doctor Who fans waited, occupying their time in the lush fields of speculation and debate, while wondering who the next Doctor would be – and whether that choice should and would be the first Doctor of a different race or a different gender.

In the end, Peter Capaldi was the choice. An eminently talented 55 year old Scottish actor who, physically, has a lot in common with his 11 predecessors. Despite his appearance, and despite the fact that it is quite hard to emphatically judge such things, it seems as though the choice of Capaldi has been received with a solid amount of goodwill, but that doesn’t mean that the debate about the feasibility of a female Doctor has gone quiet. Now Steven Moffat is weighing in on why he decided not to pick a woman as the last of the Time Lords this time around.

Here’s the Doctor Who showrunner from an interview earlier today.

“It didn’t feel right to me, right now. I didn’t feel enough people wanted it [...] Oddly enough most people who said they were dead against it – and I know I’ll get into trouble for saying this – were women [...] [They were] saying, ‘No, no, don’t make him a woman!’”

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Living in the internet bubble universe makes it easy to recount, one by one, erudite arguments in favor of a female Doctor – and the throngs of people, including Dame Helen Mirren, who wanted it to happen. While it’s unclear where exactly Moffat was getting his info, he must not have heard a deafening buzz coming from those who were hoping for a female Doctor. Maybe Moffat, and the BBC, needed to see overwhelming support to feel as if such a profound shift would be well-received.

Is that fair? Some will say yes, that Moffat has a responsibility to keep the show alive and to mitigate risk, but to others, breaking ground is never easy and rarely popular. How ever you come down on Moffat’s remarks and his reasons for not choosing a female time lord, though, it’s worth noting that this debate has never made as much headway as it did this time around – maybe next round we’ll actually see the TARDIS fly right through that glass ceiling.


Doctor Who returns for its 50th Anniversary Special on November 23rd.

Source: Digital Spy

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  1. Same idiotic mysogynist BS arguments disregarding established lore.

    Pitiful “.”

    • I’m not sure that your comment proves anything. Instead of addressing the opposing viewpoint’s arguments, such as mine, you’re simply employing a poisoning the well ad hominem attack against the opposing viewpoint in an attempt to use your version of social stigma to pressure them into agreeing with your viewpoint. However, instead of accomplishing your intended goal, you’re simply coming across as irrationally zealous, angry, and toxic.

      I, personally, am fed up with such tactics. This isn’t the 1990s anymore, so you don’t intimidate people with that type of rhetoric anymore. This is 2013—and people are getting tired of identity politics and the shenanigans which come with it.

      • Isn’t an ‘ad hominem’ argument an attack on the person rather than the subject matter? Akai Koru is saying that the argument isn’t exactly inventive. There are some people who are saying pretty much outright that the next Doctor wouldn’t be a woman because of sexism in the BBC or some similar nonsense and the ‘conspiracy theories’ just sound daft.

        Capaldi should be awesome. Great choice. Maybe next time it will be a woman. Who knows? I don’t think the decision to have Capaldi as #12 was gender-motivated, but rather to have him as a counterpoint to Matt Smith’s Doctor.

        Also, you flipped out at a single sentence, which makes your use of adjectives like, “zealous, angry, and toxic,” a bit hypocritical.

        • reno2200 said: “Isn’t an ‘ad hominem’ argument an attack on the person rather than the subject matter?”

          There are many different types of ad hominem attacks (i.e. abusive, circumstantial, tu quoque, poisoning the well, etc.), not just the straightforward insult.

          In this case, Akai Koru is using a poisoning the well ad hominem attack. A poisoning the well ad hominem attack is an attempt to use personal information—regardless of if it is true, simply alleged, or purely rhetorical—about the person(s) behind the opposing viewpoint to implicitly or explicitly discredit everything which the opposing viewpoint says before their arguments can be properly heard, weighed, and taken into account. In this case, Akai Koru’s tactic of calling the opposing viewpoint and their arguments “misogynist” is an attempt to preemptively discredit the opposing viewpoint’s arguments by claiming that their arguments are motivated purely by a misogynist mindset and a desire to defend misogynism. Thus, by doing this, Akai Koru is attempting to make the debate about the people behind the opposing viewpoint before the opposing viewpoint can be meaningfully engaged.

          reno2200 said: “Akai Koru is saying that the argument isn’t exactly inventive.”

          I’m not sure that Akai Koru is truly saying anything beyond their poisoning the well ad hominem attack. So, instead of arguing over how to interpret their posts, let’s leave room for them to respond and explain themself, if they wish to.

          reno2200 said: “Also, you flipped out at a single sentence, which makes your use of adjectives like, ‘zealous, angry, and toxic,’ a bit hypocritical.”

          Speaking of ad hominem attacks, this is a good example of two ad hominem attacks—the circumstantial ad hominem attack (which is based on an inaccurate statement) and the tu quoque ad hominem attack—in action.

          BTW, note that I told Akai Koru that they were “coming across” as such, not that they are such. I was not making the statement that they are such and are to be discredited as such, but rather I was simply saying that their attempt at the said poisoning the well ad hominem attack could be and might be interpreted in an unintended, alternative way which is self-defeating. And, by implication, they should reevaluate their rhetorical tactics.

          • Well, I could try to overanalyse the original comment. “Same” suggests it’s derivative in some way. Whilst “misogynist” has negative connotations, it does seem like the majority of people commenting don’t particularly want a female Doctor. ‘Female-hating’ (which is my understanding of misogyny) might be stretching it, but a male Doctor is definitely preferred. Most seem to be ‘anti-female’ rather than ‘pro-male’ when it comes to casting the Doctor. That is, they would want it to be a man rather than saying either would be alright, but a man would be preferable. “Disregarding established lore” is probably referring to this ‘Corsair’ character – a Timelord that changed gender.

            Probably another ‘ad hominem’ statement – you said, “coming across,” but it was basically a thinly-veiled insult. “You’re simply coming across as…” sounds very much like, “I think you are…” unless you are perceptive of what people think. Something about your sentence structure suggests you’ve studied proper discussion/argument techniques. Critical Thinking A-Level, at least?

  2. Yeah right– since when can women be doctors!?

  3. and a pity they were perfect together
    river and the eleventh doctor a couple breathtaking
    we would have views of the beautiful
    with two brilliant minds so
    river and the doctor thinks for a bit if they had children
    of children with a higher than normal intelligence
    would have been even greater than their rocking
    I wish that Steven Moffat took all this into consideration
    we’ll see
    you never know he is so unpredictable

    it would be fantastic
    I will not even
    that this pair
    river and the doctor to separate

    river and the eleventh doctor
    to imitate a pair ready to give our lives for one another
    for me this is true love

  4. it would be really wonderful if the next companion of the Doctor was just his wife river song at least a lot of fans would not be disappointed
    and the one that most want not disappoint us Moffat would be a shame if I decide not accognere our demands and expectations Well you can always improvise saving unexpected the doctor’s wife many would be happy
    then saw that triggered the twelfth hour and if I’m not mistaken would be the last the life of the doctor would be a nice happy ending

  5. What aspects Moffat run to save the teacher River Song in that library

  6. many do not want to leave matt smith doctor who
    what would save to Professor without her eleventh doctor

  7. at least he found an alternative as they did with roses and the tenth doctor
    in episode end of the journey takes advantage of your imagination do not ask for the moon does impress once again your audience doctor who
    Give us inside Steven Moffat

    • at least he found an alternative as they did with rose and the tenth doctor
      in episode end of the journey takes advantage of your imagination do not ask for the moon does impress once again your audience doctor who
      Give us inside Steven Moffat

  8. the only solution would be that in fact the Professor River Song
    not really dead but just in a pharmacological coma
    and why you can get in touch with the doctor
    by moffat not make me beg
    would be a nice Christmas gift
    For Christmas Is You do what you can not ever do

  9. I would really like between the eleventh Doctor and River Song
    happen as the tenth doctor and rose tyler that can grow old together
    and maybe start a family and this would be the reward for so much suffering
    I know I’m a sentimentalist but I like stories with a happy ending

  10. moffat I hope you are agreeing to our humble advice

    would be a wonderful thing if a mysterious boy from the future would save the lives of both
    moffat think time can be rewritten and you can do it not disappoint those who appreciate you

    if the wife of the man most beloved of all creation will die
    the universe will fall into darkness

  11. we do not want matt smith leaves the series and even alex kingston
    Doctor and River want an ending as it should be for these two characters
    Moffat does not disappoint fansplease!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Sad that he has to rationalise his decision by saying ”it’s what women wanted”.

    Don;t men;s views count? The reality is that normal male role models are being erased everywhere (nominally repplaced by female ones).

    The BBC typecasts enough males as dumb bad guys – if the Dr were replaced then it would add to an increasingly worrying state.

    • awww are all your role models being erased and now you’re slipping into obscurity?
      poor, poor, poor you.
      all these demographic minorities you’ve been trampling on really feel badly for you, I’m sure.

      • feminist you are lucky no profanity is allowed , this man did not say ” white male ” I am a black male and I have had enough with you femenists sticking your noses into everything and ruining them … you ***** even managed to get marvel to turn Thor the god of thunder INTO A WOMAN I refuse as a fan to let you evil Politicially correct **** get your hands on my favorite show …on the other hand I would love a black doctor

  13. I personally wouldn’t mind if Doctor regenerates into woman. But it must be really good actor (and at least a little pretty). On other hand Peter Capaldi seems to be good for Doctor role so i am looking forward to see him in action.

    • Damn i ment Actress. sorry for this my english is not perfect

    • What storytelling potential would there be with the Doctor being a woman? There is only one thing unexplored and that would see the Doctor flirting with men and getting pregnant. We already used that time crisis problem with Amy and River. I just really do not see the point just so we can “genderbend” him.

  14. I am a woman and I have to say that I don’t want the doctor to be one. EVER!
    When that happens I will not watch anymore. I’m sorry, but for me there is no way the doctor could be a woman. It’s ridiculous. He changes his appereance, yes, but that not means that his gender changes too. The time lords had families and it would be ridiculous if someones husband regenerated into a woman. or vice versa.
    If people wants a female doctor, they should do a spinof with the doctors daughter. that would be ok.

  15. I am a 19 year old girl and I glad Peter Capaldi will be the next Doctor. As a Capaldi fan and a classic who fan I am hoping Capaldi will bring back the vibe from the 1960′s and 1970′s. I don’t like how sexual and romantic the Doctor’s have become in New Who, with Mcgann, Eccleston, Tennant and Smith all snogging their companions. I miss the more asexual Doctor and am hoping Capaldi will bring that back. I do want a female Doctor one day, but not under Moffat. Love Moffat but his female characters are not the best and I don’t think he would treat the female Doctor very well. Maybe in ten years or so under another show runner. I want a female Doctor when the tone of the show changes, which I think it will under Capaldi. But I want Capaldi to become the longest running Doctor, it would be amazing if he out did Tom Baker’s seven years on the screen.

  16. Oh thank you Moffet! Why would a woman want to be the Doctor? What could she bring to the role? That is what we need to ask our selves when we say we want a woman to be in this role not just “to prove that we can”. By that same logic why not make him a talking dog? That we have not seen before and would bring in a more child friendly demographic.

  17. I bet he knows exactly what he is doing. He is a great writer, and would have a better reason for not picking an actress than that. I bet he has already fully planned out everything, just need to sit back and trust him…..

  18. I think it would, honestly, be kind of awesome to have a female Doctor. At least briefly. Everyone starts off as female in the womb. I know Time Lord is different, but what if, during regeneration, something goes wrong and he turns, temporarily, into a woman. Maybe a red haired woman.

  19. moffart is a retard and has to be removed from this show. he thinks he knows what fans want, but he has lost touch with reality.

    • Seems white males are rather offensive to you??? Stop watching the show, go make your own.

  20. I think he is lying and he is just a male chauvinist, and didn’t want anything other than a white male playing the Doctor. Lets see these females and their misgivings about a female time lord or even a diffrent race Doctor.

    • I think you would love to destroy anything and everything to do with white and males.

  21. I think a female doctor who can act with character not just good acting but both would be really good ie Missey.

    christmass show was ok but too obvious. Not watching anymore there are better shows out there now. Get Russtle T Davis back or similar producer. Good luck

  22. Personally, I’d love to have a woman doctor! I’ve liked all the doctors so far, and since it would be highly possible to have a woman doctor (as in not impossible for the laws of uhm, nature/regeneration), wouldn’t it be a great idea to have one at some point! It would be interesting and refreshing, and, yeah, I’d like to sew that happening!

  23. He doesn’t need to justify it because the Doctor doesn’t NEED to be a female. I don’t need to justify why the main character of my book is a male- he just is. Similarly the Doctor is a male- he just is. That isn’t sexism. No one is being discriminated against. Would it hurt if the next Doctor was a female? No. But that’s irrelevant because a writer can make the main character of a story any gender he wishes. The fact that he even is expected to justify it is scary.