The Whoniverse is ready for change. With the announcement that Peter Capaldi will be stepping down as the Doctor, the search to replace the Time Lord is picking up steam. I think it’s time that Doctor regenerate into a woman, or into someone that isn’t Caucasian.
Netflix recently released its own version of Lemony Snicket’s: A Series of Unfortunate Events. The series is receiving sparkling reviews and a detail that is being identified as a strong point in the first season is the racial diversity of actors in the show. This is the opposite of the cinematic version of the story. In Jim Carey’s cinematic portrayal of Count Olaf, the actors opposite him in the roles of Mr. Poe, Uncle Monty, and Aunt Josephine are all portrayed by white actors in a mostly white dominated cast. In the Netflix series, Mr. Poe and Aunt Josephine are portrayed by black actors, and Uncle Monty is played by an Indian born actor. This difference favors the Netflix series not only because of better acting, but also as a stronger parallel to what the world is like.
Doctor Who could follow the lead of A Series of Unfortunate Events, and cast the first female doctor, or a non-white actor in the role. A show that has been in existence for more than fifty years, and has had nearly three generations of viewers has a strong enough following that such a change is possible and could receive wide acceptance and praise. A female doctor would show young women that a woman can be the hero and be a strong leader. A black doctor would do the same for young black men and women alike. The BBC would miss a huge opportunity by casting another white male in the role of the Doctor. The fans are ready, and the time is now for something new in the Whoniverse.