The 12th Doctor Was Originally Going To Be Black?

The 12th Doctor Was Originally Going To Be Black?

Matt Smith is departing and Peter Capaldi will be the 12th Doctor but was he BBC's initial choice for the next incarnation of the Doctor. Famed novelist and Doctor Who script writer Neil Gaiman says a black actor was offered the part but turned it down.



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.

Doctor Who is a UK produced science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord—a time travelling, humanoid alien known as the Doctor. The series ran for 26 seasons from 1963 thru 1989 before taking a sixteen year hiatus and resuming in 2005. Twelve doctors have headlined the series as the Doctor. The transition from one actor to another is written into the plot of the show as regeneration, a life process of Time Lords through which the character of the Doctor takes on a new body and, to some extent, new personality. Peter Capaldi was recently selected to replace Matt Smith as the 12th incarnation of the Time Lord.
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