A while back I got chastised for identifying River Song in Doctor Who as a character of color. See, the actress who plays River, Alex Kingston, doesn’t identify as a person of color.
But I think I’ve been justified by the series. By having a person of color, Nina Touissant-White, play young…
Huh. My reaction to Nina Touissant-White as Mels was hope that we’d have an actor of color cast as the Doctor someday.
Melody Pond seems to go from a white baby who grows into a white child who regenerates into a Black child who grows into a Black woman who regenerates into a white woman. Although it’s possible there is another regeneration for her between the end of The Day of the Moon and the flashbacks in Let’s Kill Hitler.
To have Black actresses and white actresses cast for the same character, in the same season as we have mention of a Time Lord who changes sex across regenerations, suggested to me that Time Lords’ and/or Gallifreyans’ physiology isn’t as fixed as has been apparent through the regenerations of the Doctor, Master, Rani, and Romana. It removes the tacit necessity for the Doctor to remain white and male for all time.