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Was Doctor Who racist?

Post by Admin-Emperor Dalek on Thu 23 Aug 2018 - 9:32

An argument has broken out within Doctor Who magazine. One of the Time Team said Talons of Weng Chiang is racist (because they made actor John Bennett to look like a Chinese man than have a real Chinese man play the part). Marcus Hearn the editor of the magazine has written an editorial in DWM defending it; Do you think its racist? In case anyone has never seen it, here is a clip.
I don't agree its racist, different era and times. 





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Re: Was Doctor Who racist?

Post by LastOfTheSonics on Thu 23 Aug 2018 - 11:39

Well not really, no. Finding an Asian actor could be difficult given locations and actor timetables, and besides they maybe couldn't find an Asian actor who went well with the part, therefore casting a non-Asian actor was there only choice. It's not racist, it just had to be done.

At first I thought this was going to be referring to the portrayal of Toberman in Tomb of the Cybermen as a black slave. For the record I don't think that story is racist either.
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Re: Was Doctor Who racist?

Post by Admin-Emperor Dalek on Thu 23 Aug 2018 - 12:35

Good point about Toberman, but he was more a servant.
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Re: Was Doctor Who racist?

Post by The Eternal Dalek on Thu 23 Aug 2018 - 12:40

Admin-Emperor Dalek wrote:Good point about Toberman, but he was more a servant.

Toberman was supposed to be deaf, but thanks to a few lines getting cut a sympathetic story about a man being tempted to cure his disability at the cost of his mind, we ended up with an accidental stereotype when the original intention lost its context.
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