Steven Moffat continues to hold the title of Worst Show Runner On Earth today by flapping his gums yet again about why he just couldn't bring himself to consider anyone but a white man for the Doctor.
You see, don't try to make this political. It's not about "politics," it's about finding the person who's the right fit for the job. And if that person had been a lady, Moffat totally would've hired her.
"I don't know why I'm the one who gets the grief for this. I'm the one who put the dialogue into the show to say it can happen. Do you know how it will happen? It will not happen that somebody sits down and says we must turn the Doctor into a woman. That is not how you cast the Doctor. A person will pop into the showrunner's head and they'll think. 'Oh, my God, what if it was that person?' And when that person is a woman, that's the day it will happen. Casting is the dark arts of television. It is everything. That decision is central and absolute to everything you do. It's the difference between a television programme and a sensation.
"So you don't mess around with that; you don't cast for any other reason than for passion and for aesthetics. It's not a political decision, it's an aesthetic decision and will always be."
It's just that there literally weren't any women that have ever occurred to him or any of his predecessors in the last 50 years. Or any people of color.
But stop trying to make that political. Because it's not.
Realtalk for a second: Peter Capaldi is a brilliant choice. He will be brilliant. I love him. He's a fan of the show and a fantastic actor and he genuinely is the best person I could think of for this part right now. But please, please, please, Moffat, don't tell me that you totally would've hired a woman if one had occurred to you. Because what you seem to be missing is that actresses don't occur to you for a cool, bold, quirky, fun and dangerous role in a sci-fi show because you have made it clear on many occasions that you see women as little more than vessels.
From a great piece entitled 10 Sexist Steven Moffat Quotes, let's have a look at the thought process that went into hiring Karen Gillan as Amy Pond:
"And I thought, 'well she's really good. It's just a shame she's so wee and dumpy'...When she was about to come through to the auditions I nipped out for a minute and I saw Karen walking on the corridor towards me and I realised she was 5'11, slim and gorgeous and I thought 'Oh, oh that'll probably work.'"
Or his philosophy on male/female relationships:
"There's this issue you're not allowed to discuss: that women are needy. Men can go for longer, more happily, without women. That's the truth. We don't, as little boys, play at being married - we try to avoid it for as long as possible. Meanwhile women are out there hunting for husbands."
I could go on for quite a while here, and I won't because I imagine many of you have seen these before, but the point remains: don't bullshit me, Moff. If a woman is ever chosen for this role, it won't be by you. And I resent the constant drum-banging of, "Oh, let's not make it political." Choosing 12 consecutive white men for the same part of a shape-shifting alien who can become literally anything is a political choice. It's every bit as political as casting a single woman or a single person of color. Because when you continue to cast nothing but white men, what you're saying is that you just cannot picture anyone but a white man in a leading, iconic role. And yes, that is unquestionably a problematic and political statement.
On a final note, let's take a moment to collectively grimace at the fact that Doctor Who was more progressive in the 1960s than it is under Steven Moffat: