Author and occasional writer on show revealed that a non-white actor been offered position in a previous casting searchNeil Gaiman, the fantasy author and occasional Doctor Who writer, has revealed that an unnamed black actor turned down the opportunity to play the Time Lord in the hit BBC1 TV series.Gaiman, who wrote The Doctor’s Wife episode in 2011 and Nightmare in Silver in 2013, made the revelation on his blog, following the unveiling of The Thick of It Actor Peter Capaldi as the 12th doctor on Sunday night, replacing Matt Smith.”Would I like a person of colour as the Doctor? Absolutely,” he said. “I know one black actor who was already offered the part of the doctor, and who turned it down.”Luther actor Idris Elba and Homeland’s David Harewood featured highly in bookies lists of possible Doctor Who lead actor candidates, although Gaiman said he is personally a fan of Paterson Joseph, perhaps best known for Channel 4’s Peep Show.”Joseph was the Marquis de Carabas in Neverwhere, because he aced the auditions, and beat all the other actors, mostly white, who tried out for the role,” said Gaiman. “I’d want that kind of performance at the audition for the …read more

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