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Doctor Who is racist? And John Simm hates all the fans?

by | 28th, May 2013

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WHOVIANS are some of the most troubling people on Earth, so you’ve got to be careful what you say to them. They’re dedicated to the show in such a manner that they’ll show much more dedication to telling detractors they’re wrong, than detractors care to listen.

So, with this, we shall tread carefully around fans of Doctor Who, for fear of incurring their wrath and ire. We don’t want to ruffle any feathers.

Here goes.

Doctor Who is racist and all the fans are hateful.

The BBC has had to respond to comments that Doctor Who is ‘thunderously racist’ after a collection of essays came out called Doctor Who and Race. The essays claim that the Whovian universe (or universes, or whatever… no-one actually cares) is racist for failing to cast a black or Asian actor as the Time Lord and accuses the title character of being dismissive of black companions.

The BBC said:

“Doctor Who has a strong track record of diverse casting among both regular and guest cast. Freema Agyeman became the first black companion and Noel Clarke starred in a major role for five years [Mickey Smith].”

Doctor Who there, with the whole ‘some of my best friends are black… two of them!’… in all that time he’s been alive.

The essays also blasts the show’s ‘outdated attitudes’ and chides that primitive cultures are portrayed as ‘savages’, with the anthology’s editor Lindy Orthia saying:

“The biggest elephant in the room is the problem privately nursed by many fans of loving a TV show when it is thunderingly racist.”

Elsewhere, John Simm is sick of Doctor Who fans because they keep backing him into corners of supermarkets so they can ask him about his role as The Master.

He told Radio Times magazine:

“I do get a lot of ‘Doctor Who’. God almighty, I’ll be so happy when that’s gone from my life. They don’t want anything, they’re just full on. It’s great to be into something, but for goodness sake, really?”

“I’m not The Master. I’m not that evil Time Lord who rules the galaxy. I’m just in Tesco with my kids. Leave me alone.”

John Simm has since gone on Twitter to say that what he said has been taken out of context… even though we bet it wasn’t.



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