Hey, I am a huge fan of The Thick of It, but come on, this is getting ridiculous. I thought last time the Doctor Who writers picked a new actor (er, regenerated) they’d be on the side of the rest of the world, you know, not just white guys from England and Scotland. My mistake. Instead they chose 28-year-old Matt Smith. Huh, we all said.
Surely, the world thought, next time they will go with someone who is not a young white guy.
Well, they picked Peter Capaldi of Local Hero and The Thick of It. A brilliant actor and who can blame him for taking the gig? And, note, he is almost twice Matt Smith’s age! Is that not . . . different! Ta da!
Er, no. Why did they not pick a woman and/or someone who is not white?
For a TV show that’s been running 50 years, this is getting beyond silly and into embarrassing. (Conspiracy theorists note: the next actor will be the Unlucky 13th Doctor. Ooh. Maybe they will pick me only to kill me off in my first episode?)
The Doctor—hey, I know someone will correct me if I’m wrong—is an alien with two hearts who comes from somewhere rather far away and who gets to Time Lord it all up and down the timestream. Yet, somehow, so far he can only be played by (sorry, “regenerate into”) yet another white guy?
Some alien. Blah, blah, blah.