A black actor was offered (and turned down!) the role of the 12th Doctor

While we try to learn everything we can about new Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, Who writer Neil Gaiman has revealed that another actor was offered the gig first — but turned it down.

The extremely interesting part? It was apparently a black actor, which would've made for the first non-white dude to play the iconic sci-fi role. Now, Gaiman declined to reveal exactly who was ahead of Capaldi on the short list, but at least one name jumps to mind. 

Ass-kicking Prometheus and Luther star Idris Elba has been rumored ever since Matt Smith announced his exit, so he’s definitely an option. Apart from that, there’s no telling who Moffat might’ve had in mind.

Here is Gaiman’s bombshell-filled response via Tumblr when asked if he thinks an actor of another race will ever take over the TARDIS:

“Of course. (I thought I’d said that I was disappointed that it didn’t happen this time, and that there are some amazing actors out there. I was rather disappointed that Paterson Joseph didn’t get it last time, although I’ve loved Matt’s Eleven.) And yes, I have no doubt there will be. (I know one black actor who was already offered the part of the Doctor, and who turned it down.)  Just as there will be a female Doctor.”

Sure, we’re excited to see what Capaldi can do with a sonic screwdriver, but it’s a little disappointing to think the 12th Doctor could’ve been the one to break the race barrier. 

So who do you think got the offer? Elba, or someone else? 

(Via Comic Book Movie)