Thoughts on Race in the This Season’s Doctor Who

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I’ve been quiet about this season because I’ve really been enjoying it, and critique inspires more words than praise. I love Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor. As inherently tired as I am of contemporary, young, London woman companions, I really like Ruby, too, and I’m enjoying the stories themselves more than any season since the Tenth Doctor. But I do have a few thinky thoughts about the handling of race in the last two episodes: lots of praise, some frustration, and some hypothetical suggestions.

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Arwen Spicer
Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

Arwen Spicer By Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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