I can't believe this is even a thing. I thought it was just one of those jokes like the perennial call for 007 to be be played by an African American or an Innuit lady-boy.
But no. It's a thing.
I got the idea for today's blog, not so much from the small burble of pop culture mavens burbling away at the idea of stripping just a little more cultural significance from the white anglo male, but from the protests in Turkey. There's an image gone viral in that part of the world, a young woman being pepper-sprayed by a riot cop.
It's become a rallying totem for anti government protestors. One of the images adapted from it really struck me.
There's something very obviously powerful in the contrast between the quaint, rather old fashioned figure she cuts here, and the seried ranks of human automata facing her. Quaint but powerful is a very Whovian motif, of course, and I could easily imagine those riot cops replaced by Daleks or Cybermen.
Hence today's Blunty..