Steven Moffat announces character is bisexual

2011 Summer TCA Tour - Day 2
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JULY 28: Head writer Steven Moffat (L) and actor Matt Smith speaks during the ‘Doctor Who’ panel during the BBC America portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton on July 28, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

By, Heather Maloney

Steven Moffat, current head writer and show runner for Doctor Who, recently had a very interesting discussion with fans on his twitter page regarding sexuality in the Doctor’s universe. While the show itself has never had an equality agenda, it has helped paint a picture of a time and place where everyone’s equality is valued.

In the wake of recent marriage equality defeats in the United States, the topic turned to gay marriage. When asked what the Doctor would think about gay marriage Steven Moffat wrote, “You would have to explain gay to him first. Then straight! Then why you were still talking when there’s ALL THESE SPACESHIPS!! Then be very cross it was ever in doubt, add a gay marriage setting to his screwdriver and accidently marry a Krynoid. Again.”

Later in the Twitter conversation fans pointed out that two of the Doctor’s recent companions were gay or bisexual. Speaking about Captain Jack Harkness and River Song Moffat wrote, “Both of whom are happily bi. He comes from a world where such narrow views seem so ridiculous they’re hard to remember.”

Please stay tuned for additional articles regarding Equality and Doctor Who.



Published by: Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney is an avid Doctor Who and British science fiction fan. She attends the Gallifrey One Convention in Los Angeles annually, and facilitates the Doctor Who Panels for the Starfest Convention in Denver. During her active Doctor Who Fandom, she has met four Doctors, countless companions and numerous Doctor Who actors, writers and directors. Contact Heather at

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