Doctor Who – Diverse

100 people have been surveyed in a report commissioned by the UK’s Channel 4 after the alleged racially-motivated bullying of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty on Celebrity Big Brother.

The outcome of the report has been pretty damning, but Doctor Who is one of a handful of high-profile programmes to come away with any credibility.

The report’s leader, Trevor Phillips – head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission – said TV companies remained "hideously white".

Doctor Who was singled out for praise by some respondents. Black members of focus groups singled out Doctor Who – which featured black actress Freema Agyeman as the doctor’s assistant.

Doctor Who has also of course featured a starring role for Noel Clarke as Mickey Smith and also featured veteran British actor Don Warrington.

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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