Doctor Who: Role was offered to black actor, says Steven Moffat
| 04 Jun 2016

But he told the show's official magazine that "for various reasons, it didn't work out".
Moffat said the show had "no excuse" not to feature a more diverse cast, adding it would be "amazing" for it to have two non-white lead actors.
Pearl Mackie, whose father is from the West Indies, was recently cast as the Doctor's companion.
"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. We just have to," Moffat said.
"I don't mean that we've done terribly - our guest casts are among the most diverse on television - but I feel as though I could have done better overall."
Moffat did not reveal name of the actor who had been approached to play the Doctor.
Prior to the casting of Peter Capaldi in 2013, there had been calls for a black actor to take on the role.
'No excuse'
Earlier this year, Undercover became the first BBC One drama to feature two non-white actors, with Adrian Lester and Sophie Okonedo in the leading roles.
Moffat, who is also Doctor Who's lead writer, said he would be keen for his show to do the same thing.
"Two non-white leads 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.

Browse By Tags

New Observer Post. All right reserved. 2016-2017