Doctor Who just made history by casting its first Black Doctor
In a momentous twist, the latest episode of Doctor Who revealed a previously unknown incarnation of time-travelling hero the Doctor – and for the first time in the sci-fi drama’s history, the character is being played by a black actor. Specifically, Jo Martin (Back to Life, Holby City) plays the previously unseen regeneration of the Doctor, who is only revealed as a different version of Jodie Whittaker’s Time Lord in later scenes of Vinay Patel and Chris Chibnall’s Fugitive of the Judoon. Martin’s Doctor isn’t taking over the show as would normally be the case with a new casting – instead, she’s more like when John Hurt’s repressed ‘War Doctor’ incarnation was invented for the 2013 anniversary special – but it’s still exciting to see Doctor Who move in new and interesting directions with its casting.
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