Casting director Andy Pryor wants a disabled actor to appear in the new series, starring Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, which airs next year.
He tells Doctor Who Magazine: “The area where I haven’t pushed hard enough is disability.
“That’s something I want to address in the 2017 series.”
Andy says the show’s head writer Steven Moffat and executive producer Brian Minchin “are very much on board with that”.
He also backs the decision to only audition black actresses for the part of The Doctor’s new sidekick Bill, which eventually went to Pearl Mackie.
He adds: “I wholeheartedly approved of the decision to only audition non-white actresses.
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And happily, one major figure from Doctor Who is totally on board with that idea – because Michelle Gomez (who plays Time Lord villain Missy/The Master in Who) is totally up for making the crossover happen.
“I am an actor for hire, so if I’m free and it seems like the right thing to do at the time I’d grab it with both hands,” Gomez told RadioTimes.com backstage at London film and comic-con.
However, the actress admitted she wasn’t sure if she would be asked – because at the moment, she doesn’t even know when we’ll next see Missy on Doctor Who itself.
“I just don’t know,” she told us. “I mean, I don’t even know if she’s coming back this season to be honest.
“As a freelancer which is what I am, I try to bag the next job, do it as well as I can and then move on to the next one.”
But would she keep coming back, even if writer Steven Moffat (who created her version of the character) and star Peter Capaldi were to move on after this series?
“I don’t really allow myself to think that far ahead,” she said. “Erm, I don’t know, is the short answer.”
Oh well, not to worry – if none of this pans out, she could always keep aiming for her own spin-off. Missy Who, anyone?
Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton