Reaction to the news last week that the new Doctor Who companion, Bill Potts played by actress Pearl Mackie, was to be gay was largely favourable and covered by most of the press.
However, showrunner Steven Moffat has since pointed out that making it too much of an issue runs the risk of making gay being different rather than just another fact of life.
Speaking at the press screening of the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who, he said:
“There are children here and they are much, much wiser than our generation. “They’re set in their heads and they’re honest and they are like, ‘What the hell of a fuss are you making?’ They don’t understand. ‘You [journalists] just did a headline out of someone being a fairly average person. What are you talking about?’
“It is important that we don’t make a big fuss about this in a children’s show, which communicates directly with children. We don’t want young kids, who may happen to fancy their own gender, we don’t want them to feel as if they are some of kind of special case, as that’s frightening.
“And it’s not your job, journalists, to frighten children. It’s my job. And I will decide that.”
The Pilot, the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who airs in the UK on Saturday 15 April.