Published on August 3rd, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds
Moffat ‘Appalled’ at No Gay Characters
Everett Canton Delware III (Mark Sheppard) wasn’t just an amazing supporting character in this year’s opener The Impossible Astronaut – his inception allowed Steven Moffat to address the one criticism that he ever took to heart.
In an interview with AfterElton Moffat said he was ‘appalled’ at the lack of gay or bisexual characters in his first season in charge because it didn’t feel like Doctor Who:
“I was thinking, I’m not like that at all. I would never have done that. So I was thinking, “Dammit, it’s the one criticism I’ve ever listened to. Good point, Doctor Who should always be…” It’s not because it’s politically and morally correct. It’s right for Doctor Who, isn’t it? It’s cheeky and off-centered. And fun.”
Bringing that sense of fun back Canton’s sexuality was devised as a way to make ‘a whole other life unfold in your head’ and also as a way to set the character apart from being just another agent to an agent more likely to side with the Doctor over the fiercely conservative Richard Nixon.
Speaking also of cheeky and fun Moffat spoke again of the possible return of Captain Jack Harkness to the Whoniverse:
“We will when we have a great story. One of the great dangers of bringing back someone for the hell of it is all you get is a great entrance and then what are you going to do? What are you going to do after that? You just brought him back to do something with him.”
More unlikely – but by no means less desired – was AfterElton’s suggestion of a return of Midshipman Frame (Russell Tovey – the man once tipped by Russell T. Davies as a potential Doctor) who was last seen indulging in a bit of the Captain at The End of Time:
“That was really sweet because it gave them both a little happy ending. I think it’s a measure of how much attitudes have changed, that’s how people really think.
I think that the most remarkable things from Doctor Who from that point of view was, if you remember in Utopia… It has a scene where Captain Jack and the Doctor are lightly comically flirting with each other and it’s rather charming. It’s just played for charm, it’s not really suggestive that they are really flirting. Just silly old souls.”