For a show that was championed by a woman at its very inception — Doctor Who has not made waves in its female representation since except in for the common complaint of it doesn’t have a diverse writing team. Verity Lambert might very well wonder what kind of ground-breaking did she actually manage when bringing the madman in a box to television, because out of 91 writers so far for the 50 year old show, Doctor Who, only four have ever been women.
So yeah, the announcement of number five is a big freaking deal people. Even Neil Gaiman has commented on the lack of female representation even while supporting Steven Moffat in his efforts to find the right female fit. Hmmm… well finally it has happened.
Catherine Tregenna will be the first female to pen a Doctor Who episode in six years! CONGRATULATIONS you brilliant lady you!
Treganna certainly knows the universe and its characters, as she wrote multiple Torchwood episodes. The Welsh playwright’s “Captain Jack Harkness” episode was even nominated for the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. She has written for Law & Order: UK and Eastenders as well. Given her qualifications it looks like she will be the perfect addition to the growing list of talent who has written a Doctor Who episode.
Just an FYI — here are the ladies that Doctor Who TV consider actual credited writers:
- Barbara Clegg wrote “Enlightenment”
- Jane Baker co-wrote both Rani stories and “The Trial of a Timelord”
- Rona Monrow wrote “Survival”
- Helen Raynor wrote “Daleks in Manhatten” and “The Sontaran Strategem”
“Last Christmas” — the title of the Christmas episode that will air on Christmas day on BBC is the next Doctor Who episode and it will be written by Steven Moffat.