Is Doctor Who Too Politically Correct Now? Series 11 Guest Star Weighs In
Series 11 guest star Julie Hesmondhalgh has weighed in on the question of whether Doctor Who has become ‘too politically correct’ in its current form.
The former Broadchurch star, who appears in this weekend’s episode “Kerblam!”, bluntly told Digital Spy and other press: “It’s just such a load of bollocks. It’s just hilarious. [It happens] as you soon as you get a little bit of diversity, which to me is really exciting.
“To watch that first episode and see proper representation was absolutely brilliant for me. I was buzzing off it, because that’s the world we live in and when you see it reflected on-screen, it’s like, ‘Oh, finally, this is great!'”
Hesmondhalgh added that she’d “read a couple of things [about the new series] that are just absolutely preposterous.
“I mean, slagging off the series for doing an episode on Rosa Parks? I thought that was one of the powerful bits of young people’s telly that I’ve seen ever. The conversations that will have sparked in houses all over the country… because people might have a perfunctory knowledge of Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights movement, but to see Ryan (Tosin Cole) in that situation, to land him in the middle of it, only Doctor Who could do that.
“For [Ryan] to politely pick up a glove that a woman’s dropped and for him to be punched in the face, it was absolutely shocking. And it’s like, ‘Right, this is where we were only a few decades ago, and this is where we’re heading again’, and what an absolute perfect place to discuss those issues.”
Hesmondhalgh also commented on “Demons of the Punjab”: “My kids haven’t learned about Partition, I know barely anything about Partition, and I’m a fairly political person. To be bringing that into all these homes, to start that conversation, and to put Yaz in the middle of that story and to see it through her eyes, it’s just brilliant. It’s just everything I want in television.
“I mean, that term ‘political correctness’ just means, for me, things moving forward a little bit, in the way they should be doing.”