multiple dimensions/timelines, zombies, hellmouths, demons, whatetever—i can get behind it all the way. what i cannot suspend disbelief for is when characters routinely eat nourishing, complete breakfasts together that took more than five minutes to prepare while already dressed for work.
To be clear – WE DON’T THINK IT’S SEXIST OR RACIST MOFFAT CHOSE A WHITE MAN. WE THINK IT’S SEXIST OR RACIST IF, IN THE PROCESS, HE DIDN’T CONSIDER A WOMAN OR MINORITY AS VIABLE TO PLAY THE DOCTOR […]
Being sexist or racist doesn’t have to, and certainly doesn’t always mean some kind of clear, open hatred based on race or sex. It can be far more passive – the simple belief in unjustified privilege for no other reason than “just because” (“just because” is synonymous, whether openly intentional or not, with “because X is generally superior as a group”) […]
The most insane thing is, out of any character that has been multiply cast in the history of fiction, The Doctor is most definitely THE MOST FLEXIBLE. We literally have a character that not only canonically is granted the possibility of being transformed both in race (River Song) and sex (The Corsair), but is really a different person after each regeneration. […] For a character that not only can be, but is supposed to be re-cast as a different person each time – casting a woman or non-white individual should be just as equally considered as a white man […]
And what’s most important, what regeneration teaches us – is that not only is the Doctor a little part of whom all of us are, but any of us could be the Doctor. To me, that’s what today should have been all about.
"It was really just a function of needing more female voices and perspectives and characters on the show, because it’s just a lot of men. It ran dangerously close to being a lot of white men, and we just didn’t want to be so narrow in our worldview, so when you saw these characters on the show, it didn’t feel like it was a very limited world. We wanted to see a wide variety of people presented—genders, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. Without making any kind of meal of those issues, just incorporating them into who the characters were and letting the actors fill out their characters.”
—Bryan Fuller, on diversifying the cast of Hannibal. [x]