Doctor Who bosses want Jodie Whittaker’s replacement to be actor of colour for first time in iconic role
BEEB bosses want an actor of colour to star in Doctor Who when Jodie Whittaker quits.
Jodie, the first female Doctor, announced yesterday she would step down in 2022 after four years.
Now execs are keen to have an actor of colour take over for the first time in the show’s history.I May Destroy You star Michaela Coel, 33, is a front-runner to replace her and become the first non-white Doctor.
A TV insider said: “The team behind Doctor Who have always seen the sci-fi series as one of the most progressive shows on TV and this would only cement that.
"It would be a momentous decision, particularly as in 2023 as the series celebrates its 60th anniversary.
“Producers now care less about the age or gender of whoever takes on the part than they do about this move — which would be real step forward for diversity.”
'The best job I have ever had'
Other actors discussed include rising star Nabhaan Rizwan, 24, who starred in BBC shows Informer and Industry, as well as Priyanga Burford, 36, who was in ITV thriller Innocent.
Jodie, 39, announced her departure alongside Doctor Who’s showrunner, Chris Chibnall, who brought her in as the thirteenth doctor, replacing Peter Capaldi, now 63.
Chris also brought in Line of Duty actor Sacha Dhawan, 37, as the latest incarnation of the doctor’s evil nemesis, The Master.
Jodie will appear in a six-part series this autumn and in three specials next year as part of the Beeb’s centenary celebrations, before the timelord regenerates into a new form.
Describing it as “the best job I have ever had” she added: “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to express what this role has given me. I will carry the Doctor and the lessons I’ve learnt forever.
“I know change can be scary and none of us know what’s out there. That’s why we keep looking.”
Olly Alexander, 31, frontman of band Years and Years and star of Channel 4 Aids drama It’s A Sin, was set to play the doctor.
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