Steven Moffat is one heck of a successful writer. As well as running two of the biggest shows on British television – one of them is Doctor Who, the other is this detective show you might have heard of – he has been awarded an OBE for services to TV. Still, you can’t please everyone and Moffat has often come under scrutiny from feminists for his female characters.
Speaking to INews, Moffat defended the women of Sherlock and explained why he thinks he has done a good job:
“I massively expanded the role of Mrs Hudson in Sherlock. Mary Watson dies in the end because she always did. With Molly Hooper we gave Sherlock more of a female voice than ever.”
He also admitted that Sherlock is fundamentally “the story of two blokes”.
“What am I supposed to do with that?” he elaborated. “Make one of them a woman? We chose not to do that.”
Finally, he added: “The last Sherlock episode was a massive hit on any viewing metric scale. You can’t take a few commentators to be the voice of the audience.”
So do you agree with what Moffat has said? Do you have a problem with how he writes female characters? Please let us know in the comments below…