The 12th Doctor Who
Originally Going To Be Black?
Famed novelist Neil Gaiman (American Gods, The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel), writer of past Doctor Who episodes such as "The Doctor's Wife" and "Nightmare in Silver" has revealed on tumblr that a black actor was offered the role to be the next Doctor but turned the role down for unspecified reasons. When asked to disclose the name of the actor, Gaiman declined to provide any further information. Prior to Peter Capaldi being confirmed as the 12th doctor, actors such as Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men, Serenity) and David Harewood (Homeland) were reportedly in the running.
Pushed by a fan to reveal the name of the star, Gaiman added “You can ask, but seeing that it was something I was told in confidence by the actor in question, you won’t get an answer.”
"Would I like a person of colour as the Doctor? Absolutely. Paterson Joseph (sic) was the Marquis de Carabas in [an adaptation of] Neverwhere, because he aced the auditions, and beat all the other actors, mostly white, who tried out for the role. I’d want that kind of performance at the audition for the Doctor."
Gaiman branded the failure to cast a black Doctor "a missed opportunity" but said he was excited by the announcement of Peter Capaldi.
"There are certainly [non-white] actors good enough out there that it feels like a missed opportunity. Does that mean I’m disappointed by Peter? No, just excited to see what kind of Doctor he makes.