Still annoyed that the new Doctor isn’t a woman? Or that the new Doctor is a white male?
According to writer Neil Gaiman it isn’t for lack of trying.
Gaiman reveals that a black actor was offered the role of the Doctor but turned it down.
“I was rather disappointed that Paterson Joseph didn’t get [the role] last time, although I’ve loved Matt’s Eleven.) And yes, I have no doubt there will be [a black Doctor]. (I know one black actor who was already offered the part of the Doctor, and who turned it down.) Just as there will be a female Doctor,” Gaiman says.
Gaiman also went on to address another controversial point will soon crop up — how the Doctor can live past his 13th and (according to canon) final regeneration.
“Well, [the regeneration limit of 13] was the rule when we had Time Lords running the show. (And they were the ones who gave the Master his extra regenerations.) There aren’t any Time Lords any more… MY OPINION (which is not Canon) is that the regeneration limit is a lot like the speed limit. You can break it, but things get a lot more dangerous if you do. The Time Lords were the traffic cops: they enforced the limit. With them gone, the Doctor can keep regenerating beyond 13, but with consequences,” he says.
So, do you agree with Gaiman? And yes, we will acknowledge that the Master got around the 13 lives rule years ago.