So many changes to Doctor Who after Season 10 – and Peter Capaldi, the current Doctor, thinks diversity should be taken seriously.
Show runner Steven Moffat is leaving after Season 10, a new companion will be joining, and Capaldi might be leaving as well. While women and people of color have appeared as companions, the Doctor has always been played by a white male.
“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.”
While it is rumored Capaldi will be exciting the show when Moffat does, it seems not to be certain yet and he might stay when new showrunner Chris Chibnall takes over Season 11.