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One can always expect the villain of Doctor Who to come out of left field, usually in an unassuming , silly and non-threatening way, until the gnashing teeth and wickedly sharp claws come out and things get hairy for the good Doctor. This time around Doctor Who is facing a real life threat from an unexpected corner, scholarly critics who claims the series is “thunderously racist”.

Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology edited by Dr. Lindy Orthia, is a collected work that examines:

Representations of race in the world’s longest running science fiction television show, from colour-blind casting to colonialism, eugenics to euro-centrism, nationalism to noble savages.

I looked over the site and noticed that all, or at least a majority of the proceeds are being donated to charity.

All editor/author royalties from the sale of Doctor Who and Race (8% of net receipts) will be donated to charitable organisations. Specifically, they will be split evenly between two charities: AVERT and Médecins Sans Frontières. The contributors unanimously agreed on this decision and we are very proud to be supporting these outstanding humanitarian organisations.

The BBC has had to respond and released a statement in support of Doctor Who:

Doctor Who has a strong track record of diverse casting among both regular and guest cast. Freema Agyeman became the first black companion and Noel Clarke starred in a major role for five years [Mickey Smith].

Reflecting the diversity of the UK is a duty of the BBC, and casting on Doctor Who is color-blind. It is always about the best actors for the roles.

I haven’t had time to read the essays yet, but considering that Doctor Who has been on the air for such a long period of time, I’m sure there are examples that reflect the race attitudes of the times. I am interested in what, if any, of the authors have to say about the current run of Doctor Who.

What do you think? It’s worth the time to examine the subject and not jump to conclusions on either side of the fence. I certainly don’t think there is any shadowy conspiracy at the BBC to promote racist views on the show, that’s just silly.

Via: Digital Spy

Category: TV, WTF?

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