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.
Ever since I became fascinated with Doctor Who, I’ve always wondered where The Doctor came from. I know he is a Time Lord, and he belong(ed/s) to a planet of Time Lords, but I wanted to know the name of the Universe, and all about it. But then, in the episode of “The Runaway Bride”, DW mentioned that he was from Gallifrey, and I thought he was just being cheeky, because he has never said where he was from (this I later found, that DW has actually mentioned in the past, likely in the seasons of Classic Who). So, I began my research, and I found out that he really comes from a planet called Gallifrey, which is a planet in the Whoniverse. Also, going further into my research (to satisfy my curiosity), I found some really interesting things about planet Gallifrey. Therefore, I decided to narrow it down to a list of top five interesting things to know about planet Gallifrey, and they are:
- Gallifrey has an alternative name, “The Shining Worlds of the Seven Systems”. it is called that because if seen from Space, Gallifrey is a yellow-orange looking planet (so, it may look shiny/bright).
- Gallifrey trees have silver leaves, and when the Autumn wind blows through them, they create music-like sounds. They have two Suns, and when then second sun rises in the South, it would make the mountains shine. Also, by Daytime, the sky resembles a normal Earth-like blue sky, but my night it is a burnt-orange color.
- It has more than 24 seasons, but they all resemble the conditions and dryness of Earth’s Serengeti.
- The Gallifreyan language when written may seem compliated, but it is not really complicated. the language is written as circular/almost-circular shapes, which from my research, looks to be from the Gallifreyan Math.
- it could take hundreds of years for a Gallifreyan child to mature into and Adult. this is because their growth is slower than that of any species. the Gallifreyans have a normal lifespan of 300 years, but some actually leave to be 700 years or older. Furthermore, without their modern regeneration habit, a Gallifreyan would be confined to a wheelchair, most likely before their 200th year of age (or during the period after their 200th year).
Bonus Fact– Gallifreyans can not “cross-breed” with Humans because for some reason it is biologically impossible (this could also be a reason why DW has not been in a relationship any of the women he seems “taken” with).
Like many fanatics of Scientific Fiction, who are fascinated by languages of their favorite show(s), there are a lot of people who would like to learn the Gallifreyan language. so, if you are interested in learning/knowing more about the language, there’s a site which could help you learn the Gallifreyan language.
and here are the sites which I found my information about Gallifrey: