That’s right, poor Steven Moffat. He seems to put his foot in his mouth often, a lot like I do. His latest ‘blunder’ was saying that the Doctor (more accurately, the actors that play him) are “not conventionally good looking”. Personally, I don’t think I agree, as I can think of a few photos I’ve featured that look pretty attractive…
…and that’s just New Who, and only a sampling. Back to topic, though, I know what he was getting at. If you just saw a photo of one of our beloved actors and had never seen him as the Doctor (or as anything else) you’re not likely to drop your pants and scream “take me”. He just said it in a way that made people overreact, and click baiting turned headlines into something they weren’t. Moffat takes a lot of crap as a rule, but this was just silly. It did make me giggle though.
Doctor Who TV gave him a chance to defend himself, and I love that they’re using this photo… I’m totally using it every chance I get:
Steven 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!”