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… and the press!

© EMILY COOK

When? Tuesday 4 April. Where? Ham Yard Hotel, in the midst of Soho, London. Who? Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, and showrunner Steven Moffat. Here are some of the highlights of the 2017 series press launch’s Q&A, hosted by journalist Boyd Hilton, that followed the première screening of The Pilot…

On Bill being gay…

STEVEN MOFFAT: “We are not expecting any kind of round of applause or pat on the back for that. That is the minimal level of representation you should have on television, and the correct response would be, ‘What took you so long?’… We didn’t expect all the fuss, so the fuss stops now – I’m just now talking to the journalists – because, you see, there are children here, and they are much, much wiser than our generation. Honestly, they’re sitting there saying, ‘What the hell are you making a fuss about –? I don’t understand! You just did a headline about someone being a fairly average person’… It is important that we don’t make a big fuss about this, in a children’s show that communicates directly with children… Young kids who regard themselves as boring, and normal, and happen to fancy their own gender, we don’t want to make them feel as if they’re some kind of special case. Because that’s frightening. And it is not, journalists, your job to frighten children. It is my job to frighten children, and I will decide that.”

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Contents include: • Previews of the new episodes Knock Knock, Oxygen, Extremis and The Pyramid at the End of the World • Knock Knock guest star David Suchet is interviewed • An in-depth interview with Doctor Who the director of the first two episodes of the new series, The Pilot and Smile: Lawrence Gough • Doctor Who writers Frank Cottrell-Boyce (Smile) and Sarah Dollard (Thin Ice) reveal the stories behind their scripts • Bill Potts makes her comic strip début in the first part of the new comic strip adventure The Soul Garden, by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty. • It's the end of the world as we know it as The Fact of Fiction delves into the 1966 story The Ark. • DWM reviews of the first three episodes of the new series: The Pilot, Smile and Thin Ice. • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher's column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!
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