Introducing Doctor Who‘s Newest Female Writer, Sarah Dollard!
Doctor Who has TWO WHOLE WOMEN writing for them this season!
Well, it only took several statements from showrunner Steven Moffat saying that women don’t want the job, or talking about his “folder of women,” Neil Gaiman calling the show out, and the long-overdue hiring of Catherine Tregenna to start a veritable trend of hiring women to write on Doctor Who! This time, it’s Sarah Dollard! Check out her understandable giddiness about writing for the franchise in the video interview above!
Dollard will be writing Episode 10 of Series 9; this after a career that includes writing on Being Human and the BBC’s acclaimed spy drama, The Game. Dollard says:
Getting to play in the Doctor Who toy box is a dream come true. It’s a total honour to contribute to a show that has brought me such joy as a fan. However, writing for Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman has presented a serious problem: some days I’ve been too excited to actually sit down and type!
Wait… so is she telling us that… Doctor Who has female fans? Female fans who write? And who would love nothing more than to write for the show? THAT’S CRAZY! Someone should tell Steven Moffat!
With Hettie MacDonald directing the first two episodes of the season – “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar” – and two female writers contributing episodes, Doctor Who is getting a little closer to parity.
Now, the next test: Will the same female writer ever come back and write a second episode the way Toby Whithouse, or Peter Harness, or Mark Gatiss continually contribute multiple episodes? Time (travel) will tell.
(via Doctor Who on YouTube)
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