It is not uncommon for fans to argue about the things they love. Those arguments can be very passionate, and no one, not even Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies and current showrunner Steven Moffat are immune. Case in point—they recently got into a war of words over whether or not Queen Elizabeth I had sex with the Doctor.
The whole thing got started when a fan asked the official Doctor Who magazine if the Doctor was a bigamist since he’s been married to River Song, Marilyn Monroe, and Queen Elizabeth I. Moffat responded that technically the marriage to the Queen could be annulled since it was never consumated, to which Davies took umbrage because that was during his tenure as showrunner. He wrote into the magazine and said,
I love your list in DWM 482 of the Doctor’s many wives. Did you ever think we’d be having that conversation, 10 years ago? But… what’s this? His marriage to Queen Elizabeth the First was unconsummated? But, but, but… in The End of Time Part One, the Tenth Doctor arrives on the Ood-Sphere to greet his old friend Ood Sigma with the words, “Got married. That was a mistake. Good Queen Bess. And let me tell you, her nickname is no longer… ahem.” So, what does that mean, boss? What can it possibly mean?? Steve, what does it MEAN??? Thank you.
You might think that would be the end of things, but Moffat had a response to Davies. See what he had to say after the break.
Oh for God’s sake, PAY ATTENTION. You’ve gone soft up there in Manchester. Practically tofu, I’d say. Probably all that lazing about, never writing any episodes for me, even though I wrote six for you. Yes, SIX. Actually, no, SEVEN. Time Crash counts too – and it was for charity. But never mind, oh no, I’ll just type on and on and neglect my children, that’s fine!? Okay, the facts. I said the marriage was unconsummated – and so it was. You saw for yourself in The Day of the Doctor – he ran straight off after the ceremony. Would we have put that on television if it wasn’t true? But I never said – not once, not ever – that the relationship was unconsummated!
Yes, Russell! I went there. Even as you? gasp and clutch the furniture for support, ?I am writing in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine, about pre-marital shenanigans! I realise you’ve probably never heard of such unsanctified naughtiness – glancing at your resume, I see? you write mainly about fruit and veg for? Channel 4 – but it does go on, you know.? Well, outside of Manchester. So there you are. You may sleep again. The Doctor’s boast in The End of Time (oh, and thanks for that title, just before I took over) and my statement that his marriage to Elizabeth was unconsummated are in no way contradictory. True fact! Accept my True Fact. Back away in shame at your wrongness. Actually, write me a story, and we’ll say no more about it.
So the Doctor and the Queen had pre-marital sex? Scandal! What would River think?