A new series of essays titled ‘Doctor Who and Race’ says that the sci-fi programme is racist for failing to cast a Black or Asian actor as the Time Lord and accuses the title character of being “dismissive” of black companions.
The BBC has replied to the accusations – which fans have branded “ridiculous” and “groundless” – denying racism and pointing out the “diverse casting” of the series.
“Doctor Who has a strong track record of diverse casting among both regular and guest cast. Freema Agyeman became the first black companion and Noel Clarke starred in a major role for five years [Mickey Smith].”
The essays also says that the programme has ‘outdated attitudes’ amid suggestions that primitive cultures are portrayed as ‘savages’.
The Collection’s editor Lindy Orthia said:
“The biggest elephant in the room is the problem privately nursed by many fans of loving a TV show when it is thunderously racist.”
The BBC added that characters are cast based on their ability to perform and not their nationality.
A spokesperson said:
“Reflecting the diversity of the UK is a duty of the BBC, and casting on Doctor Who is colour-blind. It is always about the best actors for the roles.”
[Source: Digital Spy]