Doctor Who Lead Offered to Black Actor

Doctor Who EP: Title Role Was Previously Offered to a Black Actor

A black Doctor Who? Not only could it happen, it almost already did.

Executive producer Steven Moffat has told the BBC series’ official magazine that the role has been offered previously to a black actor, but “for various reasons, it didn’t work out.

“I certainly don’t think there’s ever been a problem with making the Doctor black,” he added, “which is why it should happen someday.”

Though Peter Capaldi has held the title since 2013, the show recently tapped Pearl Mackie, whose father is from the West Indies, to play the his companion. And Moffat is enthusiastic about the possibility of having not just a white Doctor but a pair of non-white leads at some point. It “would be amazing,” he said. “In fact, a lot of people would barely notice.”

Unfortunately, Moffat won’t be at the helm when it happens: He is leaving his post at the conclusion of next year’s episodes and will be succeeded by Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch).

Since Moffat declined to reveal the identity of the black actor who didn’t become Doctor Who, we have to ask: Who do you think it was? And who do you think would be the perfect actor of color to take on the role? Hit the comments.