The essays say the BBC failed to cast a black or Asian actor as the Time Lord and accuse the doctor himself of being dismissive of black companions reports Digital Spy.

The BBC has denied all racism, and highlighted the “diverse casting” of the series.A spokesperson said: “Reflecting the diversity of the UK is a duty of the BBC, and casting on Doctor Who is colour-blind. It is always about the best actors for the roles.Doctor Who has a strong track record of diverse casting among both regular and guest cast. Freema Agyeman became the first black companion and Noel Clarke starred in a major role for five years [Mickey Smith].”

The anthology’s editor Lindy Orthia said: “The biggest elephant in the room is the problem privately nursed by many fans of loving a TV show when it is thunderingly racist.”

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