Steven Moffat: Doctor Who Is Not Just for Progressive Liberals; It's for Brexit Voters, Too

Outgoing Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat will sing his swan song on Christmas, as the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special, Twice Upon a Time, will see both Moffat and Peter Capaldi exit the show as new showrunner Chris Chibnall and new Doctor Jodie Whittaker take over. In an interview with the Telegraph, Moffat talked about how he could have cast a woman as the next Doctor when Matt Smith was leaving the show, but chose not to.

"We could have replaced Matt Smith with a woman, given that his Doctor was more sexless and less of a lad," Moffat said," but then I got obsessed with seeing Peter in the Tardis."

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While Moffat supports Whittaker's casting as the new Doctor, he did have a rebuke for critics who said he should have cast a woman earlier.

"This isn't a show exclusively for progressive liberals; this is also for people who voted Brexit," Moffat proclaimed. "That's not me politically at all — but we have to keep everyone on board."

That being said, Moffat does think that the right time is now for a woman to be the Doctor.

"It's going to work, I know it is," he said. "More and more of the audience were asking for it. It's is absolutely the right choice. Now is the time."

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Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor, courtesy of the BBC

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