Steven Moffat Is Stepping Down From Doctor Who (For Real This Time)

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The former writer of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, has said that he will be stepping down permanently from the show after the release of a new mini-episode – “The Best of Days” starring Matt Lucas and Pearl Mackie. He made the announcement on Sunday via Instagram, after a stint of writing that saw him also produce a short story for Jodie Whittaker, the actor in the role of the Doctor, along with a series of online scenes to entertain fans during the lockdown imposed as a result of Covid-19. Moffat also referenced his previous efforts to leave the show, including in 2017, when it was stated that he would leave at the end of Season 10.

“Really pleased – mostly because of what everybody else did. Now. Permit me the self-indulgence,” he wrote on social media. “I planned to leave with The Husbands Of River Song. Then it was The Doctor Falls. And then it was Twice Upon A Time. And then I novelised Day Of The Doctor and that was going to be the very end. And then Chris got me to write ‘Terror Of The Umpty Ums’ and Emily got me writing online mini-sodes. But this – THIS – finally … is … IT! Bang! Kerpow! I’m out of here! So with that in mind can I just say … the title is quite perfect.”


Although Moffat has been praised for much of his output as a TV writer, including Coupling and Sherlock, he has also been criticized for inserting too many convoluted plots into Doctor Who as well as having female characters that were seen as too shallow and dependent on the men around them, even if couched in sarcastic and witty dialogue.

While maintaining that he was baffled by the view held by some that Doctor Who was a ‘misogynistic’ show, he admitted in a 2015 interview that “I’m sure I’m to the left of a lot of my detractors, but I don’t want to argue with them because I think generally they’re right. We do need to do better.” He also agreed that “We need better female role models and representation on screen.”