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"In the second episode of the season, The Shakespeare Code (2007), the Doctor advises Martha to “just walk about like you own the place. It works for me” after she expresses concern that she might be abducted and sold as a slave because she’s Black. The Doctor then retorts that he is an alien, implying that real racial inequality among humans is analogous to fictional differences between species.

This exchange betrays the ignorance of the writers about both historical racial violence and contemporary white privilege. The episode is set in 1599, while Portugal and Spain were transporting African slaves to the americas, and Britain was establishing its colonies. Black slaves were present in London since early in the sixteenth century, making it entirely reasonable for Martha to feel anxious about her security. Furthermore, by implying that anyone could “walk about like [they] own the place” the role of whiteness is normalized- nobody else could own the place."

- Fire Fly (pseudonym), “The white Doctor,” Doctor Who and Race (via whovianfeminism)

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The is the poster art for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special. Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor

We’ll post a high res version of it to our imgur gallery in a bit.

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Star Trek references/shout-outs/homages in Doctor Who

In terms of longest running sci-fi universes, it’s nice to be able to acknowledge a younger show every now and then.

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Neil Gaiman reveals that a black actor turned down the role of the 12th Doctor

snuffles44 asked: Thank you very much for your explanation of why you think it was not time for a female doctor (though I respectfully disagree). What about someone of another race than white playing the doctor? As someone who understands casting/storytelling, do you think there will ever be a non-white doctor?
Neil Gaiman: Of course. (I thought I’d said that I was disappointed that it didn’t happen this time, and that there are some amazing actors out there. I was rather disappointed that Paterson Joseph didn’t get it last time, although I’ve loved Matt’s Eleven.) And yes, I have no doubt there will be. (I know one black actor who was already offered the part of the Doctor, and who turned it down.) Just as there will be a female Doctor.
papercranechronicles asked: Can I ask you who the black actor who turned down the role was?
Neil Gaiman: 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.
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Rupert Graves as John Riddell in Doctor Who: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship