Neil Gaiman: Female writers on ‘Doctor Who’ is ‘a priority’

Neil Gaiman has discussed the lack of female writers on Doctor Who.

The author wrote 2011’s ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ and 2013’s ‘Nightmare in Silver’.

Gaiman wrote on Tumblr: “In the six years I’ve been working with the Doctor Who team, the producers and script editors I’ve directly worked with (four out of six of whom have been women) have had a lot of attention on getting women writers onto the team.”

He explained: “They’ve reached out to a lot of women writers — I know that Steven Moffat has personally been in touch with a lot of female writers and been defeated over and over by scheduling problems, and people saying no, and been as frustrated as anybody (probably much more frustrated as he’s the one reaching out).”

The writer added: “It’s a priority for them too.”

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Gaiman has also revealed that he is planning to write a third Doctor Who episode: “Now I’m just sort of hoping that I can get one done while Peter Capaldi is still the Doctor, because it would be a very sad thing if I lost my chance to write for a grumpy, Scottish Doctor.”

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Which female writers would you like to do a Doctor Who episode? Let us know below…

  • lashaunte wade

    Myself 🙂
    It be a dream of mine!

  • specscripts

    Me. Oh but I don’t have an agent, nor am I best friends with anyone in the biz, so that’s not going to happen.

  • Rachel Contini

    And me! I’ve got a great idea for one 😀

  • Floyd Norman

    I love Jane Baker’s stuff >.< but Helen Raynor's episodes are the worst.

    Female and Male writers have good and bad but I want them to bring so much Female Writing Talent that it becomes a staple 🙂

    Great Female Head Write and Executive Producer would be awesome. So we need more Jane Bakers, not more Helen Raynors