Neil Gaiman tells Tumblr the first black Doctor Who turned down the job

Neil Gaiman tells Tumblr the first black Doctor Who turned down the job

While I’m very happy that Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor and think that it makes total sense, I do see many valid points being made against the white maleness of the show. I just happen to think the bigger problem isn’t the nature of the Doctor himself, but the inherent lack of balance of the Doctor/Companion relationship. Even the word “Companion” seems irksome to me. But that’s a story for another day.

This is one of many articles expressing a level of dissatisfaction with the Moffat’s choice. While this quote is not the point of the author’s post, I love this description of the show so much that I can’t help but reprint it:

At its heart, Doctor Who is a seriously ridiculous show. The Doctor has married a woman 800 years his junior, and split into two bodies so he could elope to an alternate universe. One of his companions (a pansexual, time-traveling con artist who eventually got his own spinoff show, and at one point got pregnant) became immortal and grew into a giant head in a jar.

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