Taking a little longer to go mainstream than expected, rumours of an 11th Doctor played by an actor of non-caucasian origin have surfaced online, via Den of Geek.
With Adrian Lester (Spooks), Colin Salmon and other black actors named over that last few weeks, one name stands out among the others.
Paterson Joseph – who appeared as Roderick in Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways – has previous form with incoming showrunner Steven Moffat, having played a key role in Jekyll.
Joseph has also been seen in Peep Show, Hyperdrive, Casualty, Green Wing and Neverwhere in a television career that runs back to an episode of the seminal police corruption drama Between the Lines in 1992 via the popular Soldier Soldier in 1994.
Certainly a more charismatic and interesting actor than Lester (who has previously made his intentions known regarding the lead role in Doctor Who), Paterson Joseph will nontheless face a storm from fans who believe that the Doctor should only be played by a white, British male.
The question is of course – would the casting of the first black Doctor Who lead be done for the right reasons, or simply a case of box ticking by the BBC?