'Doctor Who': Steven Moffat Reveals Racism And Whitewashing Are Themes Of Next Episode, 'Thin Ice'

"The evil in ‘Doctor Who’ can sometimes be the evil in our real world, too."

‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Steven Moffat has confirmed that the show will tackle issues of whitewashing and race in the next episode of the series.

The Doctor and new companion Bill landed in 1800s London at the end of last week’s instalment, with this weekend’s follow-up picking up right where they left off.

But while usual portrayals of Britain during that era aren’t always the most racially diverse, Steven Moffat has revealed he’ll be seizing the opportunity to make a point about race.

Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie in 'Doctor Who'
Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie in 'Doctor Who'
The 'Doctor Who' team
The 'Doctor Who' team
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The current series of the BBC sci-fi saga has already won praise for its inclusivity, thanks to the arrival of the first ever gay assistant, played by Pearl Mackie.

But while the character has already been a hit with viewers, they probably shouldn’t get too used to her, as it’s been claimed she’s leaving at the end of the current series, along with current Time Lord Peter Capaldi.

‘Doctor Who’ continues on Saturday (April 29) at 7.20pm on BBC One.


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