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Doctor Who: Empress of Mars (2017)
Classic Dr Who
It is always gratifying for fans of the old series to see the return of old enemies and moreover enemies that are pretty similar in appearance but obviously look even more impressive with today's budget.
The main problem modern writers often have with portraying historical characters,in this case British soldiers from Victorian times,is that they are torn between accuracy in showing their behaviour when dealing with modern situations which can be humorous and entertaining(think Catweazle) and yet avoiding the less savoury aspects of old world attitudes. In this case portraying the black character wearing the Kings Uniform as being completely without note as it would be today as is the mixed race Bill blending in without a word.I'm sure soldiers of this period would have treated him as a real novelty with the racism that goes with it.
I'm just not sure the intelligence of children in the audience deserve to be insulted in this way.Star Trek did this so much better in an episode when Abraham Lincoln was beamed aboard the Enterprise and commented that Uhura was 'a Charming Negress' Condescending,sure,but it's what a man from his time would say.
I'm digressing from the story but the Doctor Who character for me needs to be an educator and moral guide for the young audience possibly pointing out the old fashioned racist/sexist attitudes that he encounters from historical figures.OK ...rant over.