Doctor Who writer Gareth Roberts uses anti-trans slur in tweet

Pearl Mackie as Bill and Peter Capaldi as The Doctor. Photo Credit: Des Willie/Stuart Crouch/BBC AMERICA.

The Doctor Who series is no stranger to transphobia as actor John Barrowman pulled a transphobic stunt at San Diego Comic Con in July and now news comes that Gareth Roberts has posted a tweet with an anti-trans slur.


Gareth Roberts tweeted:

“I [love] how trannies choose names like Munroe, Paris and Chelsea. It’s never Julie or Bev is it?

“It’s almost like a clueless gayboy’s idea of a glamorous lady. But of course it’s definitely not that.”

Suffice it to say, this won’t go over well on Twitter with transgender fans.  As far as Doctor Who fans, they seem to never care when Barrowman shows off his transphobia so it’s very likely they’ll let this one slip under the rug as well.  Roberts wrote a handful of epsiodes for the series from 2007 through 2014, with his last episode being “The Caretakers.” I’ve reached out to BBC America for comment but the offices are closed on Labor Day.

Roberts did write for The Librarians during their third season on TNT.  His episode, “And the Curse of Cindy,” aired on January 1, 2017 as the season’s seventh episode.  I’ve also reached out to the network for comment.

If the networks decide to comment, I’ll add them in.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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