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'Doctor Who' Boss Responds to Female Doctor Backlash

Peter Capaldi appears on stage with Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat at the BBC America panel during 2017 Comic-Con on Sunday afternoon (July 23) in San Diego, Calif.

The guys were joined at the panel by Peter‘s co-stars Pearl Mackie and Matt Lucas.

Steven responded to the backlash surrounding the casting of a woman, actress Jodie Whittaker, to be the next doctor.

“So many people wanted to pretend there’s a problem. There isn’t,” he said (via Variety). “[Fans] are more excited by the fact that there’s going to be a brilliant actress playing the part than the fact that she’s a woman. It’s been incredibly progressive and enlightened and that’s what really happened. I wish every single journalist who is writing the alternative would shut the hell up.”

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'Doctor Who' Showrunner Steven Moffat to Step Down

Doctor Who‘s longtime head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat is set to step down after the series’ 10th season, according to the BBC.

The 54-year-old writer has been heading the show since 2010 and will hand the reigns over to Chris Chibnall, who has been writing for Doctor Who since 2007.

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“My timey-wimey is running out. While Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I’ll be finishing up on the best job in the universe and keeping the TARDIS warm for him,” Steve said in a statement.

He continued, “It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British Television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future. At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip.”

Matt Smith & Ben McKenzie: Peabody Award Winners!

Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman pose with their trophy for Doctor Who at the 2013 George Foster Peabody Awards on Monday afternoon (May 20) at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

The actors were joined by the show’s writer/executive producer Steven Moffat at the event, where Doctor Who was awarded for an Institutional Peabody “for evolving with technology and the times like nothing else in the known television universe.”

Ben McKenzie, Regina King, Shawn Hatosy, and C. Thomas Howell were in attendance to support their show Southland, which was honored for “focusing on characters whose personalities have become more nuanced by the season, it’s a gritty, weekly ride-along, as convincing as cop drama gets.”

FYI: Jenna-Louise is wearing a MILLY jumpsuit. Regina is wearing a Shoshanna dress.

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