Karen Gillan responds to Who fans that think Moffat can't write women

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Feb 18, 2014, 4:38 PM EST (Updated)

If you've been watching Doctor Who in the last nine years, you know that Steven Moffat has become a very contentious figure. So how does Karen Gillan feel about that?

Remember during the Russell T Davies era of Doctor Who when everyone was just waiting to see what episode Steven Moffat was going to come up with this time? The Empty Child, The Doctor Dances, The Girl in the Fireplace, Blink, Silence in the Library, and Forest of the Dead are all Moffat-written episodes and often find themselves on fans' best-of lists. Then Moffat took over as head writer and producer for Who, and he learned just how much harder it is to actually run the show.

If you've spent any time on social media, then you know that one of Moffat's biggest challenges lies in satisfying feminist fans. And the term you hear most often from Moffat's critics is "Moffat Women," which is the short way of saying that Moffat writes the same woman over and over again -- brash, flirty and totally obsessed with the Doctor to the point of having their entire identities defined by him. In fairness, Amy, River and Clara all do fit that description.

You might think Moffat Women is a real thing, you might think it's bunk, but, regardless, it gets talked about enough that someone asked Karen Gillan what she thought of the critcism. Her response?

I just don’t understand that because I feel like I had a very rounded, interesting, flawed and layered character to play. 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.

It's not surprising that Karen, who's career has been greatly benefited by her time on Doctor Who, would stand by the ol' Moff, but she's not wrong, either. Amy Pond takes quite a journey from the first time we see her as a little girl to when she finally risks everything to be with her husband.

What do you think? Is Gillan right? Or is she blinded to the flaws of Mofat's writing because she worked so closely with him?

(via Doctor Who TV)