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I'm sure this rumour about Paterson Joseph being cast as the new Doctor is utter bollocks, like 99.99% of all Doctor casting rumours, but I'd love it to be true. Ever since he played the flamboyantly Doctor-like Marquis de Carabas in the BBC's Neverwhere I've thought he'd be fantastic in the role. Along with Peter Capaldi he was the best thing about that series. In fact Neverwhere was explicitly Neil Gaiman's attempt to fill the old Who niche of scary genre television for adults. Ironically it was just as severely hamstrung by its production values as Classic Who ever was.

That news story also states that "many Doctor Who purists are already resisting the notion of a black actor taking on the role", which if true just pisses me off immensely. I don't hang around Who forums so I've no idea how widespread this sentiment is or if it's just confined to one troll and a few hardcore Whovians, but it's nearly impossible for me to imagine what arguments could possibly be advanced for the Doctor not changing his skin colour. This is an alien being who transforms every conceivable aspect of himself, including his hair colour, features, height, weight and, er, accent. Are we supposed to believe that melanin is one step too far?


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Oct. 21st, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how I feel about that possible casting. On the one hand, Joseph has been very good in quite a few things (I've not managed to see Neverwhere, which I know makes me a bad Gaiman fangirl).

On the other hand, every second of his performance in the National's recent revival of Royal Hunt of the Sun was almost unwatchable.

Weighing it up, I think I'd be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, and put the Schaffer aberration down to appalling direction. It would certainly be welcome to have the Doctor played by a black actor.
Oct. 21st, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
His performances can be a bit "large" (and I didn't watch Jekyll but he looked dreadful in the trailer), but in Neverwhere particularly he provided the requisite blend of "loud and cheerful" and "grim". There's a link above to a clip of him in Neverwhere.
Oct. 21st, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Oh god. Joseph as the Doctor is probably the only thing that would get me watching the series again. He's an incredible actor.

But yes, probably a load of bollocks.
Oct. 21st, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
He did a documentary I really liked a while ago about training a bunch of inner city kids to put on a performance of Romeo and Juliet.
Oct. 21st, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
He was pretty bad in Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways - but he was suitably manic in Neverwhere so I'm sure he could do it well. Skin colour is irrelevant - but I have to say I'm not sure about The Doctor changing gender (which has come up again now the slashers have caught on to the show). There have been lots of names bandied around but we still don't even know if Tennant is staying on for S5 (though it seems likely as he refers to Moffat as The New Boss in some of the S4 commentaries) - so I can't see us getting an official announcement until Tennant actually leaves which is likely to not be before next summer when they record the 2009 Christmas Special.
Oct. 21st, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
I personally would draw the line at the Doctor changing genders - it could definitely be made to work, but it's too big a redefinition of the character, I think.
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