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Karen Gillan on Steven Moffat writing criticisms

Karen Gillan has spoken about criticisms for Steven Moffat’s ability to write for female characters.

Speaking on a panel at the Sci-Fi Expo, Gillan said: “I just don’t understand that because I feel like [with Amy] I had a very rounded, interesting, flawed and layered character to play.”

She added: “And I wore skirts but Steven Moffat had nothing to do with that! He doesn’t care about costumes. So I don’t really understand that if I’ve got to be honest.”

Steven Moffat has defended criticisms that his Doctor Who and Sherlock stories contain ‘plot holes’.

Speaking to BBC Radio 2, Moffat said that he believes clever viewers are able to work things out for themselves and don’t always need an on screen explanation.

He said: “I think people have come to think a ‘plot hole’ is something which isn’t explained on screen. A plot hole is actually something that can’t be explained.”

“Sometimes you expect the audience to put two and two together for themselves. For Sherlock, and indeed Doctor Who, I’ve always made the assumption that the audience is clever.”

Steven Moffat tries to imagine a world without Doctor Who, and sets out his vision of the hero that is the Doctor.

Filmed at the Official Doctor Who 50th Celebration, on Sunday 24th November 2013.

Click here for the full The Eleventh Hour panel video.

Steven Moffat: “Matt Smith is actually the 13th Doctor.”


In an interview with the Radio Times, Moffat said: “We’ll find out that Matt Smith is actually the 13th Doctor. Although everyone knows that the Doctor can only regenerate 12 times.”

“The 12 regenerations limit is a central part of Doctor Who mythology – science fiction is all about rules, you can’t just casually break them.”

“So if the Doctor can never change again, what’s Peter Capaldi doing in the Christmas Special?”

The Christmas Special, ‘The Time of the Doctor’ will air on Christmas Day at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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