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Moffat Clarifies “Ugly Doctors” Comments

Steven-Moffat--facepalmSteven Moffat has attempted to clear up comments that hit the headlines the other week when it was reported that he said that all the Doctors were ugly.

Speaking in his latest DWM column he says: “Ah, all the things I’ve never said. I could write a book, full of words I never wrote. I’m used to a foot in my mouth, but on the whole I’d prefer it was my own.

“The other morning I woke up to several online newspaper editions announcing I’d called all the Doctors ugly. That one set me blinking. As you know, I am an icon of male beauty (dear Man In New York, we Brits call that a joke), but that seemed a bit off.

“A quick investigation – it turned out me declaring that the Doctors were all “not conventionally attractive” (my own ripped physique allows me such imperious judgements) had been lightly processed into the kind of clickbait that means you have to email your friends.

“Ho hum. Just another day’s blundering. And sometimes, in my paranoia and embarrassment, I wonder if I’m just making everybody cross all the time. I used to do that socially on an individual basis, but now every screw-up goes viral. My epic lack of tact has been weaponised!”

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Scootersfood
Scootersfood

I feel so sorry for him. He's a huge fan as we are who just wants the best for the show. Sure, you may not agree with some things he does for the show, but no reason to hate him for it. Its is literally impossible to do something that will please EVERYONE. 

Diana van der Pluijm
Diana van der Pluijm

Alright, I admit: This comment of his has been taken completely out of context and whoever did that should at least be given a stern talking-to about how proper journalism works. On the other hand, as Moffat has admitted a few times, he should really be a bit more tactful about what he says at times. Not everyone understands or appreciates British humor and sometimes, well, he just says things that make me go 'really, Steven, is that really the smartest thing to say?'. This also goes for other famous persons, btw, who say (and do) things at times that make me want to triple facepalm myself (and that's hard to do, with glasses). So, maybe, just maybe, he should watch his words at times. BUT, again, in this case? Who the heck could've taken such a diplomatically worded opinion and turned it into "MOFFAT THINKS ALL DOCTORS ARE UGLY!"? That's... that's really something.

Mr 11
Mr 11

Poor guy! It can be very annoying to just to spectate how the media twists what he says, I can't imagine to actually be on the receiving end! Don't worry Moff, we'll always love you! :D

JPatterson2
JPatterson2

This man is such a lovely person. Why do people keep giving him so much crap?

DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

What made Doctor Who different was that it wasn't full of Beutiful rich people like Miami vice or Dallas. In England they don't go overboard on the sex appeal thing. Still young attractive Men are easy on the eye.

Unibot
Unibot

Haha, Moffat always make me laugh. Got to love him.

ClaireAbraham
ClaireAbraham

He said that the Doctor was not generally a conventionally handsome man.  With the possible exception of Davison, I'd agree that this is true. They aren't exactly a row of trolls, either, and Moffat didn't say that they were. Really, why is this even a news story?

TheSoundofDrums
TheSoundofDrums

I really do feel sorry for Moffat especially since he works to the bone to produce quality television and all individuals have better to do is beat on him all the time. I can understand if certain people don't like his style of show-running but for goodness sake don't throw your sonic screwdriver out of your Time Lord Cot and just try to think beyond your negative feelings. Moffat is like us - he is human. He has flaws. He knows that but what he doesn't need is people getting on his back all the time about things that don't really matter or are just plain spectualtion of the stupidist nature. All I'm saying is give the poor man a break and for once try to at least appreciate all his hard work and see that he is, like all the other showrunners before him, a genius in his own right and has a true passion for the show we all love. That is the key word here: passion. It is that passion that keeps him going and continuing to create unique stories to bring about the continuation of Doctor Who. What he did in The Day of the Doctor was just bold and dearing, a fine example of the risks he takes to make Doctor Who's legacy remain alive and kicking for another 100 years.

Angie Whodini
Angie Whodini

I love this man, I can't understand why some people have him as some sort of villain in DW history...

"Now my character is the one that caused everything Ñahahaha!"



Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

Next it will be:

MOFFAT CALLED WOMEN INFERIOR when he said 'Man in New York'


Pockydon
Pockydon

I feel quite sorry for Moffat, he writes some genuinely fantastic stuff and all people can do it moan.

Venawesomeo
Venawesomeo

Feel sorry for the poor sod. Always got idiots criticising him for no reason whatsoever. A tremendous shame.

Oodkind
Oodkind

I don't know where that came from! There is a difference between "not conventionally attractive" and ugly. People are so strange sometimes...

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

The people who find excuses to hate something are no better than Lawrence Miles when he reviewed The Unquiet Dead.

donjuannebulon
donjuannebulon

There's a small group of people that define themselves, their whole beings on their hatred. Lying to themselves and others about the object of their hatred only serves to bolster their sense of self. And their sense of selves need all the help it can get being that they base themselves on such absurd premises. The 'Moffat Haters' are to Moffat what Fox News in America is to Barack Obama. The sad thing is the 'Moffaters' are worked up to the point of lying to themselves about a writer for a TV show.

Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd
Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd

I thought it was pretty obvious what he was saying I wonder what goes through people minds when they thought of that he was calling 2 of his friends and his childhood role models ugly I'll never know

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

Poor Moff. Fans criticise him all the time, reporters twist his every word I wonder how he manages to cope. And I honestly admire him more and more everyday for managing to keep going, doing the great work he does and not go crazy.

Whovian_Brownoat
Whovian_Brownoat

I'm not a huge fan of Moffat, but you have to feel sorry for him. That is the most ridiculous accusation. At no point did he say that! 

debsering
debsering

and people do it on the daily bases every place they put words in your mouth that you never really said thats the human race run run as fast as you can  the human race has there opinion on everything  

KingOfTheInterWebs has Kidneys
KingOfTheInterWebs has Kidneys

I read the article in the RT where he said that the Doctor's incarnations are not conventionally attractive, never once in that article did I have the feeling he meant that they were ugly. Besides, what does it matter if they are? Some reporter somewhere has clearly just taken the article and twisted into a good story for people to read not caring one bit that the person who'll get hit for it is real or that what they're saying is the case in their article is even true. I feel sorry for Moffat, he has to put up with so much for no reason. Poor guy.

Regenerated Catterson
Regenerated Catterson

Whatever happened to the saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover"? I don't care if they picked the most ugliest but best performing actor in history to play The Doctor. As long as the actor who plays The Doctor makes us adore him, that won't bother me. As Canton says, looks aren't everything. 

Seaborn W Deadman
Seaborn W Deadman

Gosh people leave the poor man alone :) he just meant that we are never going to have the likes of Channing Tatum in the lead role. And thank goodness for that, square jawed muscular stubbly men are overrated in the media. The Doctor provides a much more positive role model for boys, showing that brains are in fact more important than brawn. Not conventionally attractive certainly doesn't mean ugly, the legions of David Tennant and Matt Smith fangirls should be solid proof of that XD

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

*Makes fun of Hitler instead of portraying him as evil*

*Fans accuse him of making us feel sorry for Hitler*

-_-

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

"500 Things I Didn't Say (And More...)" by Steven Moffat


I understood his original quote as referring to conventionally handsome actors, like Brad Pitt and George Clooney. So far we haven't had any of those, but with Davison and McGann being the closest although the two of them are much more sensitive-looking than typical male leads.

SteveWillis
SteveWillis

I think the over reaction is a symptom of society putting the ideal concept of beauty on a pedestal. So if you ever dare describe someone as (God forbid) *unconventionally* attractive you are "of course" describing them as "pig ugly".                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HEADLINE SATURDAY 31ST OF MAY 2014: STEVE WILLIS SAYS ALL PIGS ARE UGLY.




TheUnicornAndThePonds
TheUnicornAndThePonds

I'm so sick of people blaming Moffat for everything they dislike about the show. Yes, everyone has the right to an opinion, but just because you prefer the RTD/David Tennant era, it doesn't mean that Moffat doesn't want the best for the show. Doctor Who has lasted this long because of its adaptability, and if you don't like where its headed, just take a deep breath and remember that before to long it will change instead of making up reasons to hate the current show runner.

MrThorfan64
MrThorfan64

Why is this such a big story? The main reason for someone being the Doctor is because they are good at the part, not to satisfy the fans who just watch for someone being attractive. Plot matters more then how things look, as someone who has watched amusing special effects and listened to Big Finish knows.

MrRazza, General Rogue Timelord Identifier
MrRazza, General Rogue Timelord Identifier

"I wonder if I’m just making everybody cross all the time" 

How dare Moffat wonder about the hypothetical scenario in which he makes everybody cross, this is exactly the sort of generalising and fantasy that typifies his era, and it makes me very cross, and furthermo*We apologise for the interruption of this comment, this is due to dangerously high levels of sarcasm*

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

I think The Doctor needs to look distinctive, it's got to be someone your eyes are drawn towards. Peter Davison was probably the nearest we've had to a conventionally handsome, (bland?) looking actor playing the part

matt_david_and_the_fez
matt_david_and_the_fez

Oh, that's the thing with written interviews, you can never be 100% sure that's what the person interviewed said. Journalists tend to twist the words just to sell the news more. So, my first reaction when I see an article about what a certain man/woman said is to be skeptical. 

Regarding the level of attractiveness of the actors who played the Doctor I agree with the "not conventionally attractive" thing. None of the actors was handsome in the conventional way, but they were all charming! That's what makes them attractive.

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

@JPatterson2 I wrote a long post a week back about a theory I have concerning that. It boils down to that most of the hate has less to do with him and more to do with many of his fans being arrogant and obnoxious, which reflects poorly on Moffat through vague association. It's not smart or helpful, but that is what I believe to be the case. In the same way that many people get an amplified hatred towards RTD because of the behaviour of his more diehard fans.

Pockydon
Pockydon

*all people can do is moan




The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

Totally agree the Doctor should be played by the best actor regardless of his looks. In my opinion David Tennant and Peter Davidson were the most conventionally handsome men to play the Doctor while the others just had that touch of eccentricity but they clearly didn't look bad just as Moff said they were a bit unconventional.

SteveWillis
SteveWillis

@MaraBackman Sarcasm: I think it's prejudice that we haven't had grizzly and stubbly looking generic white man character for the Doctor yet. That character exists in almost every other medium and show as the main character. I'm adopting the Elcor approach to text communications since sarcasm in text is hard to identify, and point out it's sarcasm is often quite obnoxious.

KarenBee2
KarenBee2

I prefer the RTD era of the show but I neither hate Moffat, nor think that he doesn't work his fingers to the bone for it and gives it his very heart and soul. I also don't think any of the silly reporting on this, like the silly reporting about the show crumbling because Tennant left is being driven by people who dislike Moffat because they prefer RTD. Why is this fandom so obsessed with this dichotomy? I think this approach is sometimes fuelled by people taking defensive positions immediately so that any minor comment is seen as a grenade thrown across the trenches by the 'enemy' or the product of some internet cabal of Tennantfangirls or Grandmoffians.

ProfWimsey
ProfWimsey

@The8thDoctor @ClaireAbraham I doubt that he had McCann in mind: he was in only one story, after all, and the reference seems to be to the "classic" Doctors.  I do remember a lot of women sighing about Peter Davison in the 1980's: one ex-girlfriend referred to him as "cute as a bug" more than once.  However,  the other Doctors (even Tom Baker) were so much older and/or goofier looking, that it wasn't really an issue.  

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

Yes, but I don't feel that McGann and Davison's doctors show the same level of sensitivity as Hugh Grant's typical screen persona does. They come across as strong both despite and because of their vulnerability, which makes them unconventional heroes, but who are still recognizable as heroes. Compared to them Hugh Grant's roles have mostly been helplessly foppish to a point where they don't feature many traditionally masculine traits that would befit a typical leading man in an adventure story. Instead Grant's persona is usually more effeminate and thus "safe" for a female audience, which made him suitable for romantic comedies until he went for a significant change in style around 2000.

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

@SteveWillis @MaraBackman It's a huge part of the Doctor's character to defy expectations, which is why it can be more appropriate to have an actor who looks bookish to behave like a rugged Western-hero, rather than cast someone who immediately looks like a rough cowboy. The actor's charisma is mostly what defines a particular incarnation's character, which is why a gawky-looking man like David Tennant can come across as very charming and handsome, while the short and clown-like Sylvester McCoy can portray the Doctor as a sinister master manipulator.