Doctor Who Showrunner Reveals He Previously Offered The Lead To A Black Actor: ‘It Should Happen One Day’!

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Doctor Who is one of the most unique shows on TV.

For those not in the know, the BBC favorite features a space and time traveling alien who regenerates every few years — as a different actor.

Unlike James Bond, the show has actually created an explanation for recasting its actors — like Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith — who have all been replaced after stepping down.

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With the potential to replace the titular character with ANY actor, fans have begged for more diverse casting and over time have wanted either a black actor or female to play the zany Doctor — and now we know it almost happened!

Current showrunner Steven Moffat, who will himself be “regenerating” after next season, spoke with Doctor Who‘s official magazine saying that the role of the main Time Lord — which now belongs to Peter Capaldi — was once offered to a black actor.

However, Steven admitted “for various reasons, it didn’t work out,” adding that regardless of what happened, there is “no excuse” for the lack of diversity.

Moffat spoke on the idea of casting a black actor as the Doctor saying:

“I certainly don’t think there’s ever been a problem with making the Doctor black, which is why it should happen one day. Two non-white leads would be amazing. In fact, a lot of people would barely notice.”

As for who that actor might be, there’s not confirmation, but many believe that it could be Paterson Joseph from Peep Show and Babylon as he was a favorite to take over the part when Tennant announced his exit in 2008.

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Though Capaldi eventually took the reigns as the new Doctor, Pearl Mackie — a British actress whose dad was born in the West Indies — was recently cast and will take over for Jenna Coleman as the new companion. Moffat spoke about the choice to cast Pearl, saying:

“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. I don’t mean that we’ve done terribly ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ our guest casts are among the most diverse on television ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ but I feel as though I could have done better overall.”

Moffat will only be a part of the show for another year, but he did also admit that he hopes to see Mackie joined by a black Time Lord one day!

Who do you think should be the next Doctor?!

Jun 3, 2016 10:34am PDT

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