The latest edition of DRUM magazine explores the reaction of Doctor Who and James Bond fans to suggestions that their heroes could be played by black actors.
The article’s author, Jon Hill, set out to discover whether “the British public [is] prepared for a black Bond or Doctor? What exactly are their objections and what do these objections tell us about their willingness to accept black faces in roles that are not only much loved, but quintessentially British.”
To do this Hill visited a number of popular Doctor Who and James Bond forums and raised the prospect of a black actor being cast in either role.
On the Doctor Who forums he found “a majority who simply state that �The Doctor is white� and generate any number of convoluted and impossibly obscure plot-related reasons why this is an unalterable fact, and a minority who support the idea and are able to respond using their equally encyclopaedic knowledge of the Doctor Who universe in their defence.”
The article goes on to explores the reasons for these reactions and contains some hard truths for some sections of fandom about their attitudes to colour and race.
A Black James Bond or Doctor Who is by Jon Hill and was first published in the August/September edition of DRUM magazine out now in WH Smiths, Virgin Megastores and Borders nationwide.
Article extracts reproduced by kind permission of DRUM magazine.