The BBC has responded to Doctor Who being branded ‘thunderously racist’ by an academic, insisting it frequently introduces black characters.
A new collection of essays called Doctor Who and Race damn the popular sci-fi series for never casting a black or Asian actor as the Doctor and being dismissive of black companions.
The BBC has fiercely denied the claims however, which also provoked the ire of Doctor Who’s fanbase who branded them ‘ridiculous’ and ‘groundless’.
The BBC said: ‘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].’
The essays suggest that primitive cultures are portrayed as ‘savages’, with the anthology’s editor Lindy Orthia saying: ‘The biggest elephant in the room is the problem privately nursed by many fans of loving a TV show when it is thunderingly…
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