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.