It was not too long ago that we heard “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat make it clear that there was a black actor who was offered at one point the starring job on the show; however, there were still plenty of questions regarding who this person could be.
Do we know now? That’s not confirmed, but there are some rumors out there suggesting that it could be none other than “12 Years a Slave” star Chiwetel Ejiofor who ultimately decided to say no to the series. According to the Radio Times, Ejiofor was offered the job of Eleven before it eventually went to Matt Smith, but was unable to come to terms on a deal. He was not reportedly offered the job again after Smith departed, and it ultimately went in that instance to Peter Capaldi.
Do we think that Ejiofor would have been a tremendous man for the job? Certainly so; as a matter of fact, we don’t really have too much doubt on the subject given his overall body of work. It’s simply unfortunate that in this case, it just was not meant to be. Ultimately, we don’t think that the show is really hard up on talent now; Smith did a brilliant job, and we have also enjoyed the Capaldi era very much. Each Doctor has brought a lot to the role, and we really do not think in the modern era of the show that any Doctor has been terrible miscast.
Capaldi is currently contracted until the end of “Doctor Who” season 10. Following that, we’ll have a chance to see precisely what happens from there.
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