Thursday News Updates

Tuesdays issue of The Times featured an interesting look at the lack of positive black role models on television; under the heading “Why the next Doctor Who should be black”, Kwame McKenzie instigated a discussion on the pros and cons of offering such role models, which was continued by messages from the readers. One interesting paragraph, to give a clue as to the type of argument put forward:

The nine Doctors so far have been very different. They have ranged from blue eyed “nordic” types like Peter Davidson (1981-84), to those with more Mediterranean features, for instance Sylvester McCoy (1987-89). The amount of genetic variation between the Doctors is more than the genetic variation between someone who is black and someone who is white. So at least the science works.

The full article and subsequent discussion can be read here

And on we are offered a little preview of this weeks episode, The Unquiet Dead. The article focuses on the fact that although the story is set in 19th Century Cardiff, it was actually filmed in Monmouth and Swansea –

‘We needed a sweep of Victorian buildings and couldn’t find what was needed in Cardiff,’ said a spokeswoman for BBC Wales.

The full details of the story can be read by following the link above.

Incidentally, there is no solid casting news for next years new series – however SFX’s website ( are running a fun poll on their website, suggesting names such as Richard E. Grant, David Warner and even Christopher Eccleston.


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