The BBC has stepped in to help out Doctor Who against his latest challenge. No, it’s not Daleks or Cybermen: It’s scholarly critics, claiming the show is “thunderously racist.”
A group of essays recently blasted the long-running sci-fi series for having “outdated attitudes,” adding, "The biggest elephant in the room is the problem privately nursed by many fans of loving a TV show when it is thunderingly racist."
Not surprisingly, the network has stepped in to respond, noting the claims are “groundless” and “ridiculous.” The statement then went on to note the series’ history of casting a diverse group of actors and actresses (well, except in the role of the Doctor):
"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].
Reflecting the diversity of the UK is a duty of the BBC, and casting on Doctor Who is color-blind. It is always about the best actors for the roles."
It’s an interesting debate, and considering the series has been around for 50 years, one that could linger for a long, long time. What do you think? Does Doctor Who have a problem with racism?
(Via Digital Spy)