Doctor Who to cast disabled actor in major new role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 August 2016
Peter Capaldi Pearl Mackie

Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie

Producers are determined to cast a disabled actor in 'Doctor Who' to "reflect the world we live in."

'Doctor Who' producers are set to cast a disabled actor.

In an attempt by BBC bosses to "reflect the world we live in", the show's casting director is making a concerted effort to nab an actor with an impairment to play a major role in the forthcoming series of the popular sci-fi series.

Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper, the show's casting director Andy Pryor said: "The area where I haven't pushed hard enough is disability.

"That's something I want to address in the 2017 series."

And he isn't the only one who wants to have a disabled character in the show as the head writer Steven Moffat, who will step down as producer next year, is also on board.

He said: "He's very much on board with that."

Andy's new plan comes just a few weeks after it was revealed that only black actresses were auditioned for the Doctor's (Peter Capaldi) new companion Bill (Pearl Mackie).

He said: "I wholeheartedly approved of the decision to only audition non-white actresses. You don't do it for the sake of it. You do it because it's the right thing to do. Most actors in this country are white. Unless you are conscious about not always going in that direction you're going to end up with the same cast all the time. And that's not OK.

"I always want to cast the best actors but I want the show to be interesting, to be attractive to a diverse audience and to reflect the world we live in."

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14. T Ellis2 Sep 2016, 6:23pm Report

I see ppl saying things like the above Basically to cut it down, your saying Why can't the Actor, Actress be Chosen on Merit. In other words, An able bodied person playing the role of someone Paralysed or using a chair. . Well, I for one am More than happy to see you actually asking for a Person tht can fit the role your asking for. . We hardly ever get Asked to go for something that able bodied ppl do. The soaps try to cover the Wheelchair Spectrum but 9 out of 10 times, the Actor always gets back on there feet. If only hey. .. Well, I am 15yrs a Tetra and you have my email address ... Have a great Day

15. Sarah Parkin21 Nov 2016, 11:11am Report

Mat Fraser a superb actor who is also a Thalidomider.

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