I saw this article on Radio Times, and would have replied to a comment, but for some reason, the site wouldn’t allow the post to go through. Instead, I’ve decided to post it here just to get my thoughts out of my system. The comment can be seen publically here.
My thoughts on this:
- (Point one: status as fiction notwithstanding, he doesn’t have a nationality because he isn’t from Earth. The Twelfth Doctor has a Scottish accent, but he isn’t really Scottish. And Peter Capaldi’s only half-British anyway. Personally, I’d prefer someone br cast because they’re a capable actor rather than be sidelined for some amateur Brit like Matt Smith.
- Second point: popularity and decency aren’t mutually exclusive, he’s in demand because he’s good.
- And then – point three: I honestly don’t care either way, but most people would probably argue more about, again, status as fiction notwithstanding, the character’s gender than nationality. But then I thought the whole point of this show was that trivial things like that don’t matter. Either way, there are lots of talented actors in the world, and that means there are more than a few females who could do it.)
- Either way – these were only stories made up by the press to get readers. Not of these were actually true. But this is none of my business…
- Anyone who thinks the UK consists only of England, Wales or Scotland isn’t qualified to lecture about nationality. And anyway, what makes Australia and Canada better than other non-British countries? I thought we were all one world…