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BBC denies 'Doctor Who' racism allegations

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The BBC has responded to comments that Doctor Who is 'thunderously racist'.

A new collection of essays titled 'Doctor Who and Race' claims that the sci-fi programme 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.

Doctor Who Companions: Freema Agyeman

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David Tennant and Freema Agyeman in 'Doctor Who'



The BBC has responded to the accusations - which fans have branded "ridiculous" and "groundless" - denying any racism and pointing out the "diverse casting" of the series.

It 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]."

The essays also blast the programme for its 'outdated attitudes' amid suggestions that primitive cultures are portrayed as 'savages'.

The anthology's editor Lindy Orthia said: "The biggest elephant in the room is the problem privately nursed by many fans of loving a TV show when it is thunderingly racist."

The BBC added that characters are cast based on their acting ability and not their ethnicity.

A spokesperson said: "Reflecting the diversity of the UK is a duty of the BBC, and casting on Doctor Who is colour-blind. It is always about the best actors for the roles."

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