A new book calls out the BBC’s sci-fi series Doctor Who as “thunderingly racist,” but the UK pubcaster begs to differ. The Beeb has hit back at the accusations claimed by a group of academics in Doctor Who And Race, and fans have rushed to dismiss the criticisms as “groundless” and “ridiculous.” The BBC noted the 2006 casting of Freema Agyeman as the Time Lord’s first black assistant and Noel Clarke playing Mickey Smith for five years. The pubcaster’s reply came as critics alleged the Doctor’s apparent dismissive attitude toward black companions, his contempt for “primitive” people, and his passion for cricket as proof of a reactionary “whiteness”.
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Edinburgh Fest Announces 147-Film Lineup
The Edinburgh International Film Festival on Wednesday announced the lineup for its 67th edition, slating 147 movies from 53 countries. The festival, which runs June 19-30, will open with a gala screening of Drake Doremus’ Sundance entry Breathe In, and titles vying for the Michael Powell Award for best British feature film include seven world premieres. This international competition includes such pics as Aleksey Fedorchenko’s Celestial Wives Of The Meadow Mari, Mohammad Shirvani’s Fat Shaker and Mahdi Fleifel’s A World Not Ours.