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Doctor Who Race Battle! Or Something...


"DOCTOR WHO RACE BATTLE!" the headline in the... er, Daily Star screams.

I know, I know, why bother? I can't find any other mention of this story, anywhere, not even in the Daily Mail, but who knows? Maybe they haven't just made it all up on a slow (celebrity) news day. The tabloid claims BBC executives "were 'desperate' to cast a black Doctor" and that the "politicially correct move was foiled when the two top targets snubbed the role." Well that makes complete sense. So desperate were they that they gave up after two black actors turned them down, because there's only two black actors working in Great Britain, isn't there? Paterson Joseph (right), and Chiwetel Ejiofor are both said to have turned down the role, neither wishing to commit long term, but also, according to the Star, fearing tokenism (really that means the Star believes casting a black actor is tokenism). Fascinating that the rightwing media should still cry foul even though a white actor got the job anyway. There's no pleasing some people. Don't worry - I've saved the best for last. In its closing argument, the Star has this to say: "Last year’s Christmas Day episode of Doctor Who – set in Victorian England – featured a black girl called Rosita, played by Velile Tshabalala." Er, okay, that explains everything, then...

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