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Black actor said no to Doctor Who role

The lead role in Doctor Who was offered to black actor Paterson Joseph, who turned it down, one of the show's writers has said.

Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman – who has scripted editions of the programme – said he still hoped a non-white star would take the role one day.

He made the revelation on his blog shortly after Peter Capaldi was announced as the next regeneration of the Time Lord, but said it felt like a "missed opportunity".

The programme's executive producer Steven Moffatt suggested he only ever had Capaldi in mind.

Gaiman said the part should go to the most suitable actor regardless of skin colour.

He added: "I was rather disappointed that Paterson Joseph didn't get it last time."

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