Tuesday, September 27, 2016

‘Doctor Who’ Season 10: Black Doctor Quit So Peter Capaldi Got Role!

‘Doctor Who’ Season 10: Black Doctor Quit So Peter Capaldi Got Role!

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For “Doctor Who” makers, actor Peter Capaldi was not the first choice to portray the Time Lord. Showrunner Steven Moffat reveals black actors were approached to play the Doctor. Capaldi came on board only after things didn’t work out with the others.

Nobody quit to make way for Peter Capaldi. However, the latter was not the first choice for the role. According to showrunner Steven Moffat, the makers had first approached black actors. However, things did not work out then. He believes that after Peter Capaldi, having two non-white leads is an exciting idea.

The Guardian states that before casting of Capaldi, it was being speculated that one of four black actors will play the Doctor. The list consisted of Idris Elba, David Harewood, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Paterson Joseph. However, it just didn’t work out. Moffat made this revelation in a recent interview with the Doctor Who magazine. The issue of diversity and casting has come to the fore as the series is due for a casting change. The audience welcomed Pearl Mackie as the new assistant.

Her casting was an absolute decision, revealed Moffat as stated Enstarz. “We decided that the new companion was going to be non-white and that was an absolute decision because we need to do better on that,” he said. “Young people watching the show have to know they have a place in the future,” he added.

While Mackie received full support from the fans, they are now asking for a black “Doctor Who” or even a woman Doctor to join the cast after Capaldi.

According to Spinoff Online, Moffat has loved the idea of having a black actor play the role. “Absolutely it would [be refreshing]. Two non-white leads in ‘Doctor Who’ would be amazing. In fact, a lot of people would barely notice …” he said. “I certainly don’t think there’s ever been a problem with making the Doctor black, which is why it should happen one day,” he added.

  • Asta Katz

    You got it wrong. Capaldi indeed was the first choice to play the 12th Doctor. It was before him they offered the role to a black actor, the role of the 11th Doctor.

  • SEA

    Peter Capaldi is just amazing. But when he’s ready to pass the baton, there are actors ready to sprint into the Time Lord role. There must be something in the water because the Anglophile world is producing so many phenomenal actors of African descent – actors who could play the immortal Time Lord. Franz Drameh, who plays Firestorm on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, literally ignites the screen with his superpowers. Drameh’s dynamic presence in the Legends team (which includes fellow Brit and Doctor Who alum, Arthur Darvill, aka Rory), speaks well of his ability to lead and contribute to an ensemble cast. The Doctor travels with many companions. Drameh would shine as The Doctor with his companions. Furthermore, Malachi Kirby, who played a Time Lord soldier in the Doctor Who episode “Hell Bent”, figures prominently in the new remake of “Roots”. He plays “Kunta Kinte”, opening the multi-night TV series, much as Levar Burton did with this landmark series a generation ago. Kirby’s acting range and gravitas has won many rave reviews – an ideal foundation for playing the next Doctor. Moreover, who can forget John Boyega’s Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Tremendous. Boyega convincingly demonstrated his capability of helming a billion dollar franchise (Star Wars, Doctor Who). There is a fresh generation of Anglophile, young, black, and gifted acting talent – all of them more than ready to assume the mantle of playing The Doctor. I only hope the BBC does not miss this opportunity to recruit one of these rising stars to play Doctor Who!