Ebury drops Roberts from Doctor Who book over trans tweets

Mark Chandler – The Bookseller June 6, 2019

Ebury imprint BBC Books has dropped author Gareth Roberts from its forthcoming Doctor Who short story collection following comments he made about transgender people on Twitter.

Roberts, who has written several episodes of the show and previous books, had been commissioned to write a story for Doctor Who: The Target Storybook. But he revealed in a blogpost that, once his involvement was made public, fans of the show “agitated for my removal” while other contributors threatened to withdraw.

He wrote: “BBC Books immediately folded to these demands, and I was informed that although I would be paid my story would not be published, as they judged – wrongly, in my opinion – that a potential boycott would make the book ‘economically unviable’.”

Roberts said the opposition centered around two tweets he wrote in September 2017, saying: “I love how trannies choose names like Munroe, Paris and Chelsea. It’s never Julie or Bev is it?”, adding, “It’s almost like a clueless gayboy’s idea of a glamorous lady. But of course it’s definitely not that.”

Commenting on the tweets, Roberts said: “These tweets in September 2017 were cheerful vulgarity. Like every other reasonable person I deplore and condemn any violence, intimidation or discrimination against any person for their beliefs or for how they present themselves, or indeed any other reason.”

Ebury confirmed his contribution had been axed from the title, which is due to be published in October.

A spokesman said: “Ebury Publishing will no longer feature Gareth Roberts’ work in the soon to be published Doctor Who: The Target Storybook. Comments made by the author on social media using offensive language about the transgender community have caused upset to Doctor Who fans and conflict with our values as a publisher.”

One of those who spoke out against his inclusion was fellow contributor Susie Day, who tweeted she had told the publisher “if he was in, I was out”.

She tweeted: “BBC Books made their decision. I’m grateful they took the opportunity to demonstrate that transphobic views have no place in the Whoniverse, both in and outside the stories.”

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3 responses to “Ebury drops Roberts from Doctor Who book over trans tweets”

  1. The world famous Maudesley psychiatric hospital in london had several specialists
    who helped many with sexual disorders, some well known homosexuals were helped and many were cured
    The BBC sent several of its entertainers there, when the Truthseeker exposed the goings on of Jimmy Saville, the BBC went into full protective mode and claimed Jimmy only assaulted a few and these were all girls.
    This was a blatent lie, as for many years Jimmy only molested boys and was an assistant scoutmaster, and was on Mecca ballroom files listed as a voracious homosexual.
    When the government wanted to save money and closed all the mental hospitals
    they then said ah homosexuality is no longer a crime, but a personality disorder
    and is now ok, so no help is curently available for these disturbed people

  2. The BBC dropped the scriptwriter for the world famous series ” Midsommer murders”
    as they wanted him to fill it with what they called “ethnics” this is coloured foreihn nationals
    He explained its a quiet english village set in the countryside a few decades back
    and to paint a false picture of the series would ruin it.
    At the same time the BBC wanted to remake the famous long runny series ” Dixon of Dock Green ” tales of a policeman on his beat, but the new version would comprise a black homosexual policeman who was a rap singer in his spare time.This arrant racist nonsense is why millions refuse to buya license to watch this crap.
    A director of the BBC once described the UK as ” hideously white”
    this evil twisted racist, uttering remarks like this which is listed as a hate crime should have been sacked on the spot

  3. Its not just the BBC condoning homosexual attacks by its workforce
    its being taught in our schools
    https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/09/598053/Muslim-parents-protesters-against-LGBT-teaching-at-a-primary-school