‘Doctor Who’ writer denies show has become more misogynist since he took over

Steven Moffatt has been series showrunner for five years

Steven Moffat has denied that Doctor Who has become ‘more misogynist’ since his time as head writer of the show began, but admitted that TV needs more female role models in general.

Moffatt took over from Russell T Davies as the lead writer of the BBC series in 2010 and a 2014 study carried out by students at the University of Idaho in the US showed that female characters have had fewer lines and less screen time than when Davies was in charge.

Responding to the study and its findings, Moffat told the Radio Times that it was a “complicated issue” but reasoned that, “The general point being made by these people is correct. We need better female role models on screen.”

However, he did say that he feels he and the show were the wrong target for critics, saying: “Maybe this is my dimwittery but I do not understand why Doctor Who of all shows is singled out as misogynist. I’m sure I’m to the left of a lot of my detractors.”

Moffat went on to point to the recent exit of Jenna Coleman’s character Clara Oswald as being the type of storyline Doctor Who and its female characters excel at. “We have an emotionally engaged hero and those women he knows are not like James Bond girls,” he said. “They don’t just disappear between movies. When the Doctor ends a friendship, it tears him apart.”

Earlier this month (November) Moffat reassured Doctor Who fans that the series’ future is not in doubt.

The iconic sci-fi drama is now onto its ninth series since being revived by the BBC in 2005. In a recent interview, Moffat said that at least five more series are already being planned.

“It is definitely going to last five more years, I’ve seen the business plan. It’s not going anywhere,” he told Variety. “And I think we can go past that. It’s television’s own legend. It will just keep going.”

Peter Capaldi is confirmed to return as the Doctor for the 10th post-revival series next year.