I’ve been seeing bits of this interview all over the place, but I think this is the source:
Diversity makes the article’s headline. Doctor Who is absolutely a show of its time – whatever time that happens to be. Having a companion – and ultimately a Doctor – of color is critical to that expression. I heard a rumor about Rakhee Thakrar making the short list: I’d be thrilled with her, but I’ll be surprised if hers is the only name we hear in the long months ahead before anything becomes official.
(I still think longingly of Alexander Siddig in the Doctor’s role. If Capaldi’s successor isn’t a woman, then I hold out hope for him.)
Capaldi also expresses concern about the BBC’s treatment of its flagship show. Doctor Who does have legs of its own, of course, but even the strongest shows aren’t immune to network abuse. If the air time is constantly tugged around, pushed past the target audience’s bedtime, or otherwise made difficult to follow, eventually people will stop trying. Not everyone has BBC online.
And if all this is connected to the pulling of the show from streaming services? An attempt to use Doctor Who‘s popularity to push the BBC’s own streaming agenda? Then I can’t help but think the entire enterprise doomed to fail.
Finally, Capaldi touches on the possibility of his return for S11. Of course it would be awkward for him to say outright at this stage that he would or wouldn’t be back; suspense like that keeps fans hanging on through the long empty months. But maybe he’s telling the truth, and his mind has yet to be made up. In which case, I’ll be cheering for the persuasive abilities of Chris Chibnall.