Like the James Bond film series, the white male hero of the long-running British science fiction series Doctor Who is due for a change of casting in the coming years. And like Bond, many are calling for a drastically different choice when it comes to finding, auditioning and hiring a replacement for the titular role. That’s because, as great as Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor has been since he took over in 2013, many want someone who’s either non-white, female or both. Surprisingly, longtime showrunner Steven Moffat agrees.
The Scottish head writer and executive producer of Doctor Who told a fan magazine just as much while discussing Pearl Mackie, the West Indies actress recently hired to be the Doctor’s new companion. Specifically, Moffat revealed that the part was offered to a black actor prior to Capaldi’s casting: