With the departure of Steven Moffat after Season 10, “Doctor Who” is about to embark on an entirely new journey. There will be a new showrunner, potentially a new Doctor and a companion with only one season of adventures under their belt.
Perhaps that makes it time for the long-running BBC show to undergo a bit of a makeover in terms of diversity. While people of color have served as companions on “Doctor Who,” the titular Time Lord has always been played by a white male. That’s something that all fans have taken note of and it’s time to make a change in that department.
Even Peter Capaldi, the current Doctor, thinks the show needs to take diversity seriously …
“The thing about ‘Doctor Who’ is, it’s at its best when it reflects the culture and the times that it’s in,” he explains in an interview with Newsweek. “Because it’s a very successful show, sometimes it just digs its own groove of success, and I think it’s time for us to be more recognizable as being in the 21st century.”
In recognizing the culture in the 21st century, diverse casting needs to be taken into account. That’s a sentiment Capaldi agrees with.
“The world’s in a tough place at the moment and the Doctor is a hero for all times. So I think he, or she, or it — because he’s not a human being — should reflect the times,” he says. “But it also has to be somebody who works within the creative hub of the show.”
Coming from the man about to step into his third season as the Doctor, that’s not an unreasonable request. There’s no telling whether he’ll continue on past Season 10 or not — or if he’ll get a say in his successor — but being reflective of the times is something new showrunner Chris Chibnall needs to keep an eye toward.
It’s time for a change on “Doctor Who.” This is a show that’s already lasted over a century. In theory it could run another 50 years, but not without evolving to reflect society.